He reminded the Commons of the four principles of taxation established by Adam Smith 200 years ago:
- support work;
He said they this Government had inherited a system which had drifted from these.
As regular Budget watchers will know, often the detail affecting freelancers and small businesses is contained in the supplementary information which is released after the conclusion of the Budget speech.
We are checking the details of the supplementary paper work and will report back with any measures hidden in the small print which might affect freelancers.
In the meantime, some of the issues which the Chancellor did announce for small businesses during his speech are:
Cash-based accountingHe proposed that small firms will be taxed on the amount of cash passing through their businesses rather than the more complicated methods used for large companies. He said he agreed with the Office of Tax Simplification's proposal that small firms are taxed on the basis of the cash that passes through their businesses, rather than asking them to spend a huge amount of time doing calculations designed for big business.
He promised to consult on this new cash basis for calculating tax for firms with a turnover of up to £77,000 - double what the proposed. This should make filling in tax returns simpler for up to three million firms.
The Chancellor also said they are pressing forward with their ambition to integrate the operation of income tax and national insurance – so that businesses to run two different payroll tax administrations.
A detailed consultation on this is being published next month.
Headline corporation tax is to be cut further from 24 per cent to 22 per cent by 2014.
He promised to pass on low interest rates to small businesses through National Loan Guarantee Scheme.
Barclays, Lloyds, the RBS, Santander and the new business bank Aldermore are all involved with £20 billion of guarantees in total will be available.
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