Rumours, Rhetoric and Reality – The UK Budget 2016


Before the Chancellor rose to deliver his latest budget, speculation was rife about changes to many aspects of UK taxation:

  • No more pension tax relief
  • Capital Gains Tax rates to rise to income tax rates
  • The top rate of tax to fall to 40%

So what happened? – The introduction of a sugar tax and a major row about disability benefits, but was that all?

Frankly, no. The health of the UK economy has deteriorated significantly in the few short months since the Autumn Statement and a black hole has opened up in Government finances as a result.

There were many measures in the budget of direct interest to expatriate Britons and indeed anyone with any connections to the UK, financial or otherwise. The key changes were:

  1. The introduction of the “Pension ISA” – could this be the thin end of the wedge?
  2. A reduction in the rates of tax for Capital Gains
  3. The removal of the exemption from additional stamp duty for purchasers of multiple properties
  4. The abolition of Class 2 National Insurance Contributions with effect from 2018

As ever, when a UK Chancellor delivers a budget, there is a need to review your financial planning to ensure that you are not hit by the changes introduced. Speak to your AAM Financial Planner now to discuss the steps you need to take.

More details on these and other measures can be found on our UK Budget Update.

How they will impact you will be explored in detail at our next Wealth Solutions Seminar on 15th April 2016. Make sure you attend to find out about these changes!

Ian Black
Head of Wealth Solutions
AAM Advisory Pte Ltd

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