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Autumn Budget Statement – October 2018

30th October 2018

Autumn Budget Statement – October 2018

When Mrs May announced the NHS 70th Birthday bonus earlier this year, it was clear that she was putting pressure on Mr Hammond to find some cash from somewhere. With a further statement at the Tory Conference that austerity had ended, so the pressure increased as she passed the ‘Baton’ to her Chancellor.

With the baton firmly in his hand, Mr Hammond promptly produced the sort of ‘giveaway’ Budget not seen for some time, which includes the required extra cash for the NHS along with extra funds for Defence, Mental Health, Universal Credit and even some money for Potholes.

Even his ‘rabbit out of the hat’ lacked an element of surprise with the final giveaway being an increase in Personal Allowances that was a Manifesto promise simply pulled forward a year from April 2020 to April 2019.

Yet, it is quite clear that all of this spending requires a good Brexit deal along with good UK growth. Without either, we could well be seeing Mr Hammond on his feet again post Brexit with a rather more sombre Budget message.

It seems the baton has been well and truly passed back to Mrs May at Number 10.

In all of this to-ing and fro-ing, changes affecting Savers and Investors were broadly and remarkably untouched, which very much sits in the ‘no news is good news’ camp. After far too much tinkering with rates and allowances, a Budget such as this does allow us to plan more easily when the goalposts remain firmly in place.

Full details of what Personal Finance changes were made (or not as the case may be) are attached

Autumn Budget 2018:

Key Points for Savers & Investors

 Income tax

Personal Allowance will be increased to £12,500 on 6 April 2019 for the 2019-2020 tax year.

The threshold above which higher earners start paying 40% tax is being increased to £50,000.

These allowances will remain the same for 2020/21 and then increase in line with Consumer Price Index (CPI) changes.

Pension changes

Standard lifetime allowance

The standard lifetime allowance for pensions will increase in line with the rise in the consumer prices index (CPI) for 2019/20 to £1,055,000 as previously announced.

Annual Allowance

There are no changes to pension annual allowances (AA). The standard AA remains at £40,000 and there are no changes to the high income AA taper rules.

Individual Savings Account (ISA)

The ISA annual subscription limit for 2019/20 will remain unchanged at £20,000. The annual subscription limit for Junior ISAs and Child Trust Funds for 2019/20 will be increased in line with CPI to £4,368.

Capital Gains Tax

The capital gains tax allowance will increase by £300 to £12,000 from April 2019.

Inheritance Tax

Inheritance tax rates and exemptions

The IHT Nil Rate Band will remain frozen at £325,000 until 2021/2022 as previously announced.

Residence Nil Rate Band (RNRB)

The Residence Nil Rate Band will rise to £150,000 from April 2019 as previously announced.

 General Tax

Simplifying Trust Taxation Consultation

This Budget confirmed there will be a consultation on the taxation of trusts to make their taxation simple, fairer and more transparent.

If you would like to discuss your current financial planning arrangements in light of any of these changes to make sure you are maximising the opportunities now available to you, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

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