Autumn Statement 2023 – Key Tax Announcements

Nov 22, 2023
Author: Hawsons
Autumn Statement tax

This afternoon, the Chancellor Jeremy Hunt announced his Autumn Statement. Below we have highlighted some of the key tax announcements made by the Chancellor.


Employee National Insurance Contributions (NICs) cut

The main rate of Class 1 employee NICs will be cut from 12% to 10% with effect from 6th January 2024.


National Insurance Contributions cut for the Self-Employed

From 6 April 2024, the main rate of Class 4 NICs will reduce from 9% to 8% and in addition Class 2 NICs will be abolished. 


National Living Wage increases

The National Living Wage will increase from £10.42 to £11.44 per hour from 1 April 2024 with the age threshold lowered from 23 to 21 years old. 


Full expensing made permanent

The Chancellor has announced that the full expensing tax relief on qualifying capital expenditure will be made permanent.  This allows companies to write off the full cost of qualifying plant and machinery investment.


R&D tax relief

The Chancellor confirmed the merging of the current SME and RDEC tax relief schemes from April 2024.


State Pension and working age benefits increasing

The Triple Lock will be maintained and the State Pension will increase by 8.5% for 2024-25.  Working age benefits will increase for 2024-25 by the September 2023 CIP inflation of 6.7%.


Alcohol Duties frozen

The Chancellor announced a freeze on alcohol duties until 1 August 2024


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