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Key Points For Businesses - 2021 Budget

Updated: Jun 23, 2021


• Furlough scheme will be extended until the end of September 2021 - the government paying 80% of salary. Employers will be asked to pay 10% from July and 20% from August.


• Help for the self-employed will be extended - an additional 600,000 more people will be eligible for help.


• Self-employment income support scheme has been extended. The fourth grant will cover February to April 2021 worth 80% of average trading profits up to £7,500.


• £5bn restart grant for businesses to help companies get going after lockdown.


• 100% business rate holiday in England until the end of June 2021 followed by discounts of up to two thirds for the rest of the year.


• Tax-free personal allowance to be frozen at £12,570 from April 2021 levels to 2026


• Higher rate income tax threshold to be frozen at £50,270 from April 2021 levels to 2026


• Launch of a new loan scheme to run until the end of the 2021. Loans can be between £25,000 and £10m.


• 5% reduced rate of VAT will be extended until the end of September. VAT will then be increased in stages at 12.5% for six months, before returning to the standard rate from April 2022.


• In April 2023, the rate of corporation tax will increase to 25% for businesses with profits of more than £250,000 (approx. only 10% of companies will pay the full higher rate). Companies with profits of less than £50,000 will remain at 19%.


• The government is investing £25bn by allowing a 130% super-deduction on tax for investments made by companies. This means firms can cut their taxes by up to 25p for every pound they invest.

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