Medical & Professional Autumn Statement 2023

1 22 November 2023 ● AUTUMN STATEMENT © Copyright 22 November 2023. All rights reserved. This summary has been prepared very rapidly and is for general information only. You are recommended to seek competent professional advice before taking or refraining from taking action on the basis of the contents of this publication. The guide represents our understanding of the law and HM Revenue & Customs practice as at 22 November 2023, which are subject to change CONTENTS HIGHLIGHTS ■ The main rate of class 1 employee national insurance contributions (NICs) will be reduced from 12% to 10% with effect from 6 January 2024. The main rate of class 4 self-employed NICs will be cut from 9% to 8% from 6 April 2024 and class 2 will no longer be required. ■ Full expensing of investments made by companies in qualifying plant and machinery will be made permanent and will therefore continue after April 2026. ■ The main income tax allowances and thresholds, the main NICs thresholds plus the inheritance tax (IHT) nil rate bands will stay at their current levels for 2024/25. ■ The new and old state pension as well as pension credit will rise by the full triple lock increase of 8.5% for 2024/25. Universal credit and most other benefits will increase by 6.7%. ■ Investors will be allowed to make multiple subscriptions to ISAs of the same type each year from April 2024, when partial transfers of ISAs between providers will also be permitted. ■ The national living wage will increase to £11.44 an hour. ■ All alcohol duties have been frozen until August 2024. ■ The government is seeking to persuade people with health conditions to find work. There is extra funding, as well as new sanctions for those who are found to be able to work but refuse to look for employment. Economic update 3 Personal tax 4 Business tax 8 Main income tax rates and allowances 11 National insurance contributions 12