The changes will help entrepreneurs and businesses to take on apprentices, create jobs and expand. This includes action to cut employment costs, taking the very smallest businesses out of employer national insurance contributions together, extending business rates relief ahead of permanent major rates cuts and ensuring businesses can take advantage of lower prices at the pumps.
Financial Secretary to the Treasury David Gauke said, “Businesses are the lifeblood of the economy and we’re committed to backing them because we know that it is their enterprise and innovation that will deliver growth and opportunity for the next generation.
“The much welcomed tax breaks we’re delivering on this week will support millions of businesses to take on more apprentices, create more jobs and expand their operations.”
On Friday 1 April, businesses will benefit from:
- lower business rates bills as the doubled Small Business Relief Scheme is extended for another year. This £730 million boost will see over 400,000 businesses save an average of £890, with some businesses saving up to £1,450. These changes come ahead of the cuts to business rates in 2017, when 600,000 small businesses – a third of all businesses in the UK – will be taken out of paying business rates altogether
- fuel duty freeze. Now in its sixth successive year, the freeze means a van driver is spending £30 less on each tank of fuel and the average haulier is spending £150 less per tank, in comparison to what they paid in 2011
- new corporation tax relief for orchestras. Building on the successes of our current Creative Sector Tax Reliefs, the UK’s range of exciting and world-famous orchestras will now be able to claim 25% relief on eligible expenditure, helping them to continue providing enrichment and education to people across the country.
In addition to these changes, from Wednesday 6 April millions of businesses will no longer have to pay employer National Insurance contributions (NICs) as the Conservative Government abolishes employer NICs for apprentices aged under 25 giving a business employing an apprentice earning £16,000 a year an annual saving of over £1000.
The Government is also increasing the employment allowance, which reduces the employers NICs for all businesses and charities, from £2000 to £3000, helping 500,000 employers hire regular staff. This will take around 90,000 employers out of employer NICs altogether and will mean a firm can employ up to 4 people on the new National Living Wage and pay no employer NICs at all.