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Indirect taxes in Budget 2021

The principal indirect tax announcements in Budget 2021 were: extension of the reduced VAT rate for tourism and hospitality, along with a staged return to the standard rate by 31 March 2022; interest harmonisation of VAT with other taxes and reform of penalties for late submission and late payment of VAT; VAT powers to tackle electronic sales suppression; Freeports to operate from late 2021; and reduced restrictions on the users of rebated red diesel. This article contains extracts from, and links to, the Budget documents.

Budget 2021- People & Organisation Issues

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, delivered his second Budget on behalf of the Government on 3 March 2021. As expected, the Budget announcements have primarily been driven by concerns regarding the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 Coronavirus (Coronavirus) pandemic, but also reflect the timetable in the “Roadmap out of lockdown” published by the Government on 22 February 2021.  A summary of the key Budget announcements for employers and employees is set out below.

Real Estate Tax Budget 2021 update

Budget 2021 includes a wide range of tax changes and there is a strong emphasis on encouraging capital spend as a route to achieving recovery in the economy. However, the direct benefits of many of the measures for investors in UK property may be limited.

Budget 2021 - Personal Tax Rates and Allowances

Whilst there were no increases in income tax or capital gains tax rates in Wednesdays’ Budget the exempt amounts and the income tax rate bands will be frozen from 6 April 2021 until the 2025-26 tax year. The Budget notes state that ‘this policy takes steps to ensure the sustainability of the public finances and funds our vital public services in a fair and sustainable way’.

Stamp Duty Land Tax Budget 2021 Update

On 8 July 2020, the Chancellor announced an immediate Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) holiday until April 2021 on the first £500,000 paid for a main home in England or Northern Ireland.  This has resulted in SDLT savings of £15,000 on homes costing £500,000 or more. The Government had originally stated that this holiday would not be extended. However, following lobbying by stakeholders, the Government has agreed to extend the £500k holiday until 30 June 2021.

In addition, it was announced in the Budget that the nil rate band will not immediately revert to the previous level of £125k from 1 July 2021; instead the nil rate band will be maintained at £250k until 30 September 2021, after which it will revert to £125k.

Corporate Tax (CT)

Our predictions

In this video Marissa Thomas shares her thoughts on what the Chancellor could include in this year's Budget.