Kwasi-Kwarteng’s Mini Budget 2022: Key Points in Tax Cuts 

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Kwasi-Kwarteng’s Mini Budget 2022: Key Points in Tax Cuts

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Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng announced last 23 September his mini-budget or “Growth Plan,” which is considered to have implemented the biggest tax cuts in a generation. Massive cuts are applied to income tax, National Insurance, corporation tax, Universal Credit, stamp duty, and alcohol duty rate. Here are the main points:

National Insurance

From November 2022, National Insurance contributions are reduced at 1.25%, withdrawing the increase implemented in April announced by the former chancellor Rishi Sunak, which should have been applied for the rest of this tax year. This would help approximately 28 million people to keep £330 of their income per year.

Corporation Tax

In April 2023, the planned corporation tax increase of up to 25% is cancelled. The new chancellor decides it remains at 19%, cancelling Rishi Sunak’s original reform of 25%.

Biggest tax cuts in a generation.

Universal Credit

From January 2023, universal credit is tightened for part-time employees who work more than 15 hours a week receiving the National Living Wage or minimum wage, encouraging them to regularly meet with a work coach and hunt for other jobs that pay more. Failure to do so means their benefits are reduced. This reform will apply to 120,000 and more benefit claimants. Job seekers who are over the age of 50 will be given more time with their work coaches so they can return to work.

Stamp Duty

Stamp duty is reduced to make home purchases affordable for property buyers in England and Northern Ireland, effective immediately. This means there will be no stamp duty bill on homebuyers purchasing properties less than £250,000. First-time homebuyers will not pay stamp duty on a £425,000 property purchase. More than 200,000 will benefit from not paying stamp duty overall.

Income Tax

From April 2023, the basic rate of income tax is cut to 1% for all taxpayers and the higher rate of income tax is cut to 5%. This means basic rate taxpayers pay 19% (formerly 20%) and higher earners pay 40% (formerly 45%). Through these tax cuts, an estimate of 31 million people from England, Wales and Northern Ireland will keep £170 a year of their income and even more. Scotland will apply different rates.

Alcohol Duty Rate

The planned increase for duty rates of wine, beer, cider, and spirits, supposedly at 45% and would have been implemented from 1 August 2023, is cancelled. The alcohol duty rate remains at 19%.

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References

At a glance: What’s in the mini-budget? (23 September 2022). Retrieved from BBC: https://www.bbc.com/news/business-62920969

Reversal of the Health and Social Care Levy and in-year reductions for National Insurance contributions rates. (23 September 2022). Retrieved from Gov.Uk: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/reversal-of-the-health-and-social-care-levy-and-in-year-reductions-for-national-insurance-contributions-rates

Universal credit rules tightened for part-time workers. (23 September 2022). Retrieved from BBC: https://www.bbc.com/news/business-62989572

Universal credit rules tightened for part-time workers. (23 September 2022). Retrieved from BBC: https://www.bbc.com/news/business-62989572

Stamp duty: What is it and how much do I pay? (23 September 2022). Retrieved from BBC: https://www.bbc.com/news/business-53319433

Alcohol duty: Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng scraps planned increase. (23 September 2022). Retrieved from BBC: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-63007279

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