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Autumn Budget Statement 2017

On Wednesday 22 November 2017 Philip Hammond delivered the first Autumn Budget speech for 20 years.

Key changes for the forthcoming 2018/19 tax year include:

  • The income tax personal allowance will rise to £11,850.
  • The higher rate tax threshold will rise to £46,350.
  • Junior ISA and child trust fund limits will rise to £4,260, although other ISA limits are unchanged.
  • The pension lifetime allowance will rise to £1.03 million.
  • The VAT registration threshold will be frozen at £85,000 for 2018/19.
  • The company car benefit in kind charges have been increased – notably for diesel car drivers.
  • Capital allowances for R&D expenditure will rise from 11% to 12%.
  • First time buyers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will pay no stamp duty land tax on for the first £300,000 of the purchase price of their home, as long as the consideration is no more than £500,000. Above £300,000, they will pay the normal rates of SDLT (this will change in Wales from April 2018 due to the new Land Transaction Tax).