Spring Budget 2023

Spring budget

The chancellor announced the Spring Budget 2023 on Wednesday 15 March 2023,  focusing on the 4 pillars of

  • Enterprise
  • Employment
  • Everywhere
  • Education

A lot of the announcements had already been made in the Autumn Budget, so let’s start with what we didn’t know before:

Are we in a recession?

Technically we are not in a recession.

  • Chancellor Jeremy Hunt confirmed in his delivery to the House of Commons that the UK economy will shrink by 0.2% this year, but avoid a “technical recession”.
  • We’ve seen two consecutive quarters with GDP reducing, with expected return to growth in the 2nd half of the year.
  • Inflation is expected to fall from 10.7% at the end of 2022, to 2.9% by the end of 2023.


1. Annual allowance

  • From April 2023 you can pay up to £60,000 into your pension, a rise from £40,000.
  • What you may not know is that you can also use up the previous 3 years’ unused pension allowances.

What this means to you and your limited company:

    • If you are an employee, your company can pay up to £60,000 into your pension each year. This will reduce corporation tax by £11,400 at 19%, or £15,000 at the 25% tax rate.
    • If you also had the previous 3 years’ pension allowance available, this could reduce your corporation tax by £34,200 at 19%or £45,000 at 25%.

2. Lifetime pension allowance

  • Previously you could only save up to £1,073,100 in your pension before you had to start paying tax.
  • This tax has now been abolished
  • You should note that Labour are opposed to this move, and would re-introduce the lifetime allowance cap.

What this means to you personally:

    • The lifetime allowance charge was previously 55% on the amount above the lifetime allowance, and reported on your personal tax return, so this tax will no longer be due.

Corporation tax changes

  • Corporation tax is currently 19% for all companies.
  • From April 2023 companies with profits over £250,000 will pay 25% corporation tax
  • Companies with profits up to £50,000 will still pay 19% corporation tax
  • Companies with profits between £50,000 and £250,000 will pay a marginal rate, between 20% and 25%.

Capital spending:

Annual investment allowance

  • This will increase to £1 million for all small businesses.

What this means:

  • Spend on eligible assets up to £1 million can be deducted from your profits.
  • This means you’ll save corporation tax at 19% on the cost of the asset.

Full capital expensing

  • This is a new policy, meaning that for the next 3 years, all IT spend can be fully deducted from your profits.
  • This could be big news for businesses spending a lot on R & D

Super Deductions still set to end 31 March 2023

Research & Development (R&D)

  • R & D tax relief will change from 1 April 2023 as follows:
  • The additional deduction from SMEs will reduce from 130% to 86%
  • SME credit rate reduces from 14.5% to 10%
  • R & D expenditure credit rises from 13% to 20%
  • R & D intensive SME payable credit introduced
    • This is a new initiative, for companies spending more than 40% of it’s total expenditure on R & D.
    • This means they can claim back £27 every £100 of R & D spend, instead of £18.60.


  • The registration threshold has stayed in place again at £85,000, and will remain until 2024
  • The deregistration threshold of £83,000 also remains unchanged.

Investment in AI

The Chancellor is committed to foster the UK’s AI (artificial intelligence) industry, and has made the following announcements:

  • AI sandbox to help AI companies get their products to market faster
  • Annual £1m prize: The Manchester Prize for the person or team that does the best British AI research.
  • This is named after the first ever stored-programme computer built at the University of Manchester in 1948.
  • Quantum computing strategy unveiled, with £2.5bn in funding

Audio visual tax reliefs

2 new credits were introduced, replacing the current four:

  • Audio-Visual Expenditure Credit (AVEC)
    • including films and high-end TV programmes, animations and children’s TV programmes
  • Video Games Expenditure Credit (VGEC)

The new credits will attract the following rates of relief:

    • Films, high-end TV programmes and video games will have a headline rate of 34%. This equates to 25.5% after corporation tax at 25%.
    • Animations and children’s TV programmes will have a headline rate of 39%. This equates to 29.25% after corporation tax at 25%.

Income tax rates and allowances

Income tax allowances remain the same until April 2028:

  • Personal allowance: £12,570
  • Higher rate threshold: £50,270
  • Additional higher rate will reduce from £150,000 to £125,140 from April 2023

You will start to lose your personal allowance when your income rises above £100,000 at £1 for every £2 above £100,000.

Dividend tax and allowances

  • Dividend tax rates:

  • Basic rate dividend tax increased to 8.75% from 7.5% in April 2022
  • Higher rate dividend tax to 33.75% from 32.5%
  • Additional higher rate dividend tax is now 39.35% up from 38.1%

Dividend allowances:

  • The previous tax free dividend allowance of £2,000 reduces to £1,000 from April 2023
  • This reduces again to £500 in April 2024

National living wage

  • This increases to £10.42 per hour for age 23 and over
  • This works out at £18,964 on a 35 hour week
  • Apprentice rate is £5.28 per hour

Support for working parents

  • Every family will be able to access free childcare of 30 hours a week for children over 9 months.
  • This will be introduced from April 2024, with 2 year olds offered 15 hours extra hours free care.
  • The aim is that all children will be offered 30 hours childcare by September 2024

Fuel and alcohol duty

  • Fuel duty has been frozen for another year and government help with energy bills is being extended for another three months, until June
  • The 5p cut to fuel duty on petrol and diesel, due to end in April, will remain for another year
  • From August 2023, alcohol taxes in pubs will be 11p in the pound lower than the rate in supermarkets

Help for energy costs

  • The energy price guarantee is extended to 30 June 2023
  • This was previously set to end on 31 March 2023

Capital gains tax

  • The annual exempt amount will reduce from £12,300 to £6,000 in April 2023
  • Then it will reduce again to £3,000 from April 2024

Stamp duty land tax (SDLT)

  • The tax free threshold for SDLT was increased from £125,000 to £250,000 in September 2022.
  • This will stay in place until March 2025.
  • First time buyers threshold increased at the same time from £300,000 to £425,000

What now?

There is certainly a lot to digest, and rest assured we will be reviewing the above, and all the detail for each of our clients.

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