It was announced earlier this year that NICs would be increasing as a ‘Health and Social Care Levy’ in order to help the NHS recover from the strain of the pandemic.
From the 6th of April 2022, an extra 1.25% was added to National Insurance – these changes were always meant to be temporary, lasting for one year until April 2023.
However, the Chancellor has decided to reverse this short-term rise starting from the 6th of November 2022, with the Health and Social Care Levy being scrapped entirely, despite talks about introducing it as a method of paying for the NHS.
Previously, the government announced that there would be a cut in income tax; reducing it by 1%, from 20% to 19%.
At the time, we were told that this wouldn’t come into effect until 2024, however, this has now been accelerated to come into effect in April 2023.
In a move to ‘incentivise enterprise and hard work and simplify the tax system’, the government has also made the decision to abolish the 45% higher rate of income tax with a single higher rate of 40% set to be introduced from April next year.
Earlier this year, the rate of corporation tax was set to rise from 19% to 25% in 2023 in order for the UK’s businesses to help toward the economic recovery.
However, in another turnaround, this has now been scrapped with the rate remaining at 19% for the majority of firms.
Dividend tax rates increased on the 6th of April 2022, but they are now dropping back down from April 2023 to:
- Basic rate – 7.5% (was 8.75%)
- Higher rate – 33.75% (was 32.5%)
The additional rate will be abolished.
In addition to the Energy Price Guarantee for households, the Energy Bill Relief Scheme will be very much welcomed by UK businesses.
Designed to cut energy prices for non-domestic energy customers, the scheme will apply to fixed contracts agreed on or after 1st April 2022 in addition to deemed, variable and flexible tariffs and contracts.
It will apply to energy usage from the 1st of October 2022 to the 31st of March 2023 and businesses won’t need to register for the scheme, as it’ll be automatically applied to bills.
News that will be very much welcomed by the self-employed and business owners, is that IR35 rules are to be simplified.
The legislation has seen many changes over the years and it seemed to be that each change made it that bit more complicated and confusing for all those involved.
The most recent reform (in 2021) meant that it became the responsibility of the client to decide a worker’s status, which put more pressure on businesses and resulted in many choosing a blanket approach.
However, from the 6th of April 2023, workers will once again be responsible for determining their own employment status and will therefore pay the correct amount of tax and NICs.
Commenting on the IR35 changes, Zeeshan Anwar, Head of Compliance at Dolan Accountancy, said, “It’s a pleasant surprise that the new Government has moved so swiftly in repealing the off-payroll reforms, and undoubtedly this will make the whole contractor industry very happy.
“The reforms made contracting complex and burdensome, and going back to the old rules should bring some simplicity back to the sector. The industry has time, until April 2023, to ensure compliance with the IR35 rules and I’m hoping that end clients, recruitment businesses, and indeed the public sector rethink their positions regarding limited company contracting and not be so detrimentally cautious like before.”