Tax & admin · 22 November 2017

Autumn Budget 2017: No reduction to VAT threshold for small businesses?

Businesses with a taxable turnover under 85, 000 will remain out of the VAT system for at least two years
Businesses with a taxable turnover under 85, 000 will remain out of the VAT system for at least two years
The VAT threshold will be maintained at its current level of 85, 000 for the next two years, the chancellor has announced, keeping thousands of small business out of the system until at least 2020.

Following a backlash from the small business community regarding a potential reduction of the VAT threshold, chancellor Philip Hammond eased fears in today’s Autumn Budget with a promise tofreezethe entry rate at the existing level for two years from April 2018.

Read more Autumn Budget coverage, here

The debate regarding a potential reduction of the entry threshold emerged after an independent review proposed significant reforms to the current system. The idea was strongly criticised by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) as an unnecessary drain on small firms? time and resources.

Commenting on the two-year pause on the VAT threshold level, Steve Seal, director of sales and distribution at Bluestone Mortgages, said the announcement would bring a ‘sigh of relief? to contractors, freelancers and entrepreneurs who benefit from being outside the VAT system.

The FSB has also acknowledged the move as “good news” for small business owners who won’t face the added administrative burden.


 
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