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How will the 2016 Budget affect you?

Chancellor George Osborne pledged to save the average driver £75 a year after fuel duty was frozen for the sixth year in a row. He delivered his 2016 Budget in the House of Commons and the key points from his speech are below:

  • Growth of 2% forecast for 2016. Down from 2.4% in November's Autumn Statement
  • A million jobs forecast to be created by 2020
  • Inflation of 0.7% forecast for 2016
  • Headline rate of corporation tax to fall from 20% to 17% by 2020
  • Annual threshold for small business tax relief to be raised from £6,000 to £15,000
  • Supplementary charge for oil and gas producers to be halved from 20% to 10%

Fuel, roads, trains & tolls

  • Fuel duty frozen for the sixth year running
  • New rail lines including Crossrail 2 in London and the HS3 link between Manchester and Leeds get green light
  • £230m earmarked for road improvements in the north of England
  • Tolls on Severn River crossings halved by 2018

Raising funds & closing corporate tax loopholes

  • Anti-tax avoidance and evasion measures to raise £12bn by 2020
  • £9bn to be raised by closing corporate tax loopholes and tax minimisation schemes
  • Use of "personal service companies" by public sector employees to reduce tax liabilities to end
  • Cutting capital gains tax from 18% to just 10% for basic rate tax payers
  • £700 million for flood defence schemes
  • Commercial stamp duty 0% rate on purchases up to £150,000, 2% on next £100,000 and 5% top rate above £250,000. New 2% rate for high-value leases with net present value above £5m.


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