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Spring Statement 2022: measures may ease burden for businesses

The chancellor’s Spring Statement pulled a couple of rabbits out of the hat to help businesses and individuals who are struggling to cope with inflation, which is at its highest level for 30 years, at 6.2 per cent.

The increase in the National Insurance Contributions (NICs) threshold, to bring it in line with personal allowance at £12,570, will help those on low income, while plans to reduce the basic rate of income tax from 20 per cent to 19 per cent by the end of this Parliament in 2024 is also good news.

These measures, and the cut in fuel duty of 5p per litre, will help households and also businesses. They may in turn ease the pressure on businesses to bring in pay rises, because the increase in the cost of living is being shared.

As ever the devil will be in the detail, because while the NICs threshold has increased for employees from April, it appears that employers will be paying the same rate.

However, the increase in Employment Allowance from £4,000 to £5,000 is good news for employers, because it reduces their annual National Insurance liability by an extra £1,000 per year which helps mitigate the April increase in National Insurance rates of 1.25 per cent.

Michael Blaken is accounts director at Optimum Professional Services

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