Simple Guide to Spring Statement 2022

This is a basic guide, prepared by Ellyss. It’s an introduction only and should not be used as a definitive guide since individual circumstances may vary. Specific advice should be obtained, where necessary.

The headline message from the Chancellor was future tax cuts to support families with the cost of living.

You can read the individual measures below.

Rates and allowances

 2022/232021/22
Income tax rates – England and Wales (non-dividend income)
0% lower rate tax – savings rate onlyUp to £5,000Up to £5,000
20% basic rate tax£12,571 to £50,270£12,571 to £50,270
40% higher rate tax£50,271 to £150,000£50,271 to £150,000
45% additional rate taxAbove £150,000Above £150,000
Scottish income tax rates (non-dividend income)
19% starting rate tax£12,571 to £14,732£12,571 to £14,667
20% basic rate tax£14,733 to £25,688£14,668 to £25,296
21% intermediate rate tax£25,688 to £43,662£25,297 to £43,662
41% higher rate tax£43,663 to £150,000£43,663 to £150,000
46% top rateAbove £150,000Above £150,000
Personal allowance
Personal allowance£12,570£12,570
 

The government will reduce the basic rate of income tax to 19% for England and Wales from April 2024.

With inflation at 6.2% and predicted to go higher, the personal allowance and tax thresholds remain frozen. A consequence is that more individuals and businesses are likely to need assistance in navigating the complex tax system.

National Insurance

From April 2022 the rate of National Insurance contributions across all classes (except Class 2 and 3) will change for one year. The amount of the contribution will increase by 1.25% which will be spent on the NHS and social care across the UK. This will be replaced by the new Health and Social Care Levy which will take effect from 6 April 2023.

The Chancellor announced that the Primary Threshold and Lower Profits Limit will both increase from £9,880 to £12,570. This aligns the thresholds with the personal allowance.

This increase in National Insurance contributions will apply to:

  • Class 1 (paid by employees)
  • Class 4 (paid by self-employed)
  • Secondary Class 1, 1A and 1B (paid by employers).

Employers will only pay on earnings above the secondary threshold.

NI Category2022-232021-22
Employee’s primary class 1 rate between primary threshold and upper earnings limit13.25%12%
Employee’s primary class 1 rate above upper earnings limit3.25%2%
Employer’s secondary class 1 rate above secondary threshold15.05%13.80%
Class 4 rate between lower profits limit and upper profits limit10.25%9.00%
Class 4 rate above upper profits limit3.25%2.00%
National insurance2022/232021/22
Lower earnings limit, primary class 1 (per week)£123£120
Upper earnings limit, primary class 1 (per week)£967£967
Apprentice upper secondary threshold (AUST) for under 21s/25s£967£967
Primary threshold (per week)£190 up to 5 July 2022; £242 from 6 July 2022 onwards (see below)  £184
Secondary threshold (per week)£175£170
Class 2 small profits threshold (per year)£6,725£6,515
Class 4 lower profits limit£11,908£9,568
Class 4 upper profits limit£50,270£50,270

The annual National Insurance Primary Threshold and Lower Profits Limit, for employees and the self-employed respectively, will increase from £9,880 to £12,570 from July 2022.From April, self-employed individuals with profits between the Small Profits Threshold and Lower Profits Limit will not pay Class 2 NICs. Over the year 2022/23, the Lower Profits Limit, the threshold below which self-employed people do not pay National Insurance, is equivalent to an annualised threshold of £9,880 between April to June, and £12,570 from July. This means the Lower Profits Limit will be £11,908 for the 2022/23 tax year which is equivalent to 13 weeks of the threshold at £9,880 and 39 weeks at £12,570, reflecting the position for employees and the annualised basis of thresholds underpinning Class 2 NICs.

Employment Allowance

ACCA in representations had suggested an increase in the Employment Allowance. This allowance increases by £1,000 from £4,000 to £5,000. This increase applies from April 2022.The allowance continues to be limited to employers with an employer NIC bill below £100,000 in the previous tax year.

Pensions

With effect from 6 April 2028 the earliest age at which most pension savers can access their pensions without incurring an unauthorised payments tax charge will increase from 55 to 57.

Capital gains tax annual exempt amount (after personal allowance)

These are frozen at £12,300 for individuals and £6,150 for trusts.

Dividend allowance

The tax-free dividend allowance is unchanged at £2,000. The dividend tax rates are increased by 1.25% for each category of taxpayers for 2022/23.

Dividend tax rates2022/232021/22
Dividend ordinary rate (for dividends within basic rate band)8.75%7.50%
Dividend upper rate (for dividends within higher rate band)33.75%32.50%
Dividend additional rate (for dividends above higher rate band)39.35%38.10%

S.455 tax rate on Directors loan accounts will also increase from April 2022, from 32.5% to 33.75%.

Corporation tax

The corporation tax rate will remain at 19% but from April 2023 the applicable corporation tax rates will be 19% and 25%. Businesses with profits of £50,000 or below will still only have to pay 19% under the small profits rate.

Enhanced capital allowances: super deduction

This introduces increased reliefs for expenditure on plant and machinery. For qualifying expenditures incurred from 1 April 2021 up to and including 31 March 2023, companies can claim in the period of investment:

  • a super-deduction providing allowances of 130% on most new plant and machinery investments that ordinarily qualify for 18% main-rate writing-down allowances
  • a first-year allowance of 50% on most new plant and machinery investments that ordinarily qualify for 6% special rate writing down allowances

Annual Investment Allowance (AIA)

Annual Investment Allowance is available until 31 March 2023. Businesses will therefore have until March 2023 to consider bringing forward capital investments of between £200,000 and £1m, accessing upfront support by claiming tax relief on such costs in the year of investment.

Recovery Loan Scheme

The Recovery Loan Scheme is extended six months until 30 June 2022 for small and medium sized enterprises and from 1 January 2022 capped at a finance level of £2m per business with the government guarantee reducing to 70%.

Making Tax Digital (MTD)

MTD for ITSA will be introduced from 6 April 2024. This impacts sole traders and landlords, with income over £10,000. General partnerships will not be required to join MTD for ITSA until 6 April 2025.

VAT

All VAT-registered businesses must register for MTD.

In July 2020, it was announced that all VAT-registered businesses must file digitally through Making Tax Digital (MTD) from April 2022, regardless of turnover.

HMRC urges VAT-registered businesses to sign up for Making Tax Digital for VAT before 1 April 2022.

VAT2022/232021/22
Standard rate20%20%
Registration threshold£85,000£85,000
Deregistration threshold£83,000£83,000

The VAT registration and deregistration thresholds will not change for a further period of two years from 1 April 2022. Given the increased costs and inflation we will see many small businesses having to register.

The reduced rate of VAT of 12.5% ends on 31 March 2022 for the hospitality sector returning to the standard rate of VAT of 20% from 1 April 2022.

All VAT-registered businesses must file digitally through Making Tax Digital (MTD) from April 2022, regardless of turnover. HMRC urges VAT-registered businesses to sign up for Making Tax Digital for VAT before 1 April 2022.

Losses

Trading losses will have more flexibility to carry them back over three years. This applies only for losses incurred by companies for accounting periods ending between 1 April 2020 and 31 March 2022, and for individual for trade losses of tax years 2020/21 and 2021/22.

Entrepreneurs’ relief

The lifetime limit on gains eligible for entrepreneurs’ relief is £1m for qualifying disposals.

R&D

SMEs applying for R&D tax credits will be eligible to a maximum of £20,000 in repayments per year plus three times the company’s total PAYE and NIC liability.

Rates 

The business rates multiplier will be frozen in 2022/23. Eligible retail, hospitality, and leisure businesses will also benefit from a new temporary 50% Business Rates Relief. 

Inheritance tax (IHT)

The nil-rate band remains at £325,000, frozen until 2026. The residence nil-rate band for deaths in the following tax years are:

  • £100,000 in 2017/18    
  • £125,000 in 2018/19
  • £150,000 in 2019/20    
  • £175,000 in 2020/21
  • £175,000 in 2021/22 and subsequent tax years to 2026.

Time to pay

Taxpayers can set up a payment plan online via GOV.UK.

Pensions

The pension lifetime allowance will remain at its current level of £1,073,100 until April 2026.

Annual Tax on Enveloped Dwellings (ATED)

The ATED charge increases automatically each year in line with inflation (based on the previous September’s Consumer Prices Index).

Annual tax on enveloped dwellings (ATED)2022/23 2021/22
More than £0.5m but not more than £1m£3,800 £3,700
More than £1m but not more than £2m£7,700 £7,500
More than £2m but not more than £5m£26,050 £25,300
More than £5m but not more than £10m£60,900 £59,100
More than £10m but not more than £20m£122,250 £118,600
More than £20m£244,750 £237,400

March 2022

LEGAL NOTICE

This is a basic guide prepared by Ellyss for their clients. It should not be used as a definitive guide since individual circumstances may vary. Specific advice should be obtained, where necessary.