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Autumn Statement 2023: A Guide for Small Businesses and Self-Employed Individuals

The UK government's recent Autumn Statement for 2023 has brought forward some significant changes, signalling a brighter future for the economy, small businesses, and self-employed individuals. As experts in bookkeeping and financial management at Hamollisons Bookkeeping Services, we've delved into these changes to help you understand and capitalise on these new opportunities.

1. A Resilient Economy on the Rise

The UK's economy is showing signs of a robust recovery post-pandemic, with Consumer Prices Index (CPI) inflation more than halving from over 11% to 4.6% as of October 2023​​. This is encouraging news for businesses, as a stable economy often translates to a more predictable business environment.

2. Tax Cuts to Boost Your Business

2024 brings good news for both employed and self-employed individuals. The government is reducing the main rate of Class 1 employee National Insurance contributions from 12% to 10%, meaning an average worker earning £35,400 will see a tax cut of over £450 in the 2024-25 period​​. For the self-employed, the Class 4 NICs rate is being lowered from 9% to 8%, and the complex Class 2 NICs are being abolished, potentially saving an average self-employed person around £350 in 2024-25​​. This reduction in tax burdens can increase disposable income, allowing more room for business investments and personal spending.

3. Encouraging Business Investment

The government's strategy to drive economic growth includes fostering a favourable environment for business investment. By maintaining one of the most competitive business tax regimes and introducing measures like full expensing for plant and machinery investment, the government is actively encouraging business investment​​. This is particularly beneficial for small businesses looking to expand or upgrade their operations.

Maximising Opportunities: Tips for Small Businesses and the Self-Employed individuals.

  1. Review Your Financial Plans: With the changing tax landscape, now is an ideal time to reassess your financial strategy. Consider how these tax changes can impact your cash flow and investment plans.

  2. Explore Investment Opportunities: The government’s incentives for business investment present a great opportunity to consider expanding or modernising your business. Evaluate areas where investment can drive growth or efficiency.

  3. Update Your Bookkeeping Practices: Stay ahead by ensuring your bookkeeping is up-to-date with these new changes. This will help you in planning and making informed financial decisions.

  4. Seek Professional Advice: Navigating tax laws and investment opportunities can be complex. Consulting with financial experts can provide clarity and direction, ensuring you make the most of these new opportunities.

The Autumn Statement of 2023 marks a turning point for the UK economy, offering numerous opportunities for small businesses and self-employed individuals. By understanding these changes and adapting strategically, you can position your business for success in this evolving economic landscape. Remember, at Hamollisons Bookkeeping Services, we're here to guide you through these changes and help you thrive in this new era.

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