In Rishi Sunak’s budget speech lasting a little over 60 minutes covering topics from Coronavirus to Economic Growth, Public Spending and Taxes, and Wages, you may be left wondering what this means for you and your business?


  • The threshold for National Insurance Contributions will increase to £9,500, meaning that employees earning above this threshold will benefit by £104 per year.
  • Fuel duty remains frozen despite growing pressure to move towards greener methods of transport.
  • No other announcements were made on income tax or national insurance.


  • As expected Rishi Sunak reversed the budget promise of the previous administration to reduce Corporation Tax to 18% by freezing it at 19% in a move to preserve additional funding for the NHS and remaining the lowest tax rate in the G20.
  • Annual Employment Allowance has been increased for eligible employers from £3,000 to £4,000 which will see businesses benefit from a post-tax increase in profits of up to £810.
  • VAT is set to be scrapped on digital publications, including books and Newspapers.
  • Entrepreneurs’ relief lifetime limit is being reduced from £10 million to £1 million. This will mean that entrepreneurs closing their businesses will qualify for the 10% capital tax rate on the first £1 million only.
  • It was promised that a review of the business rates system will take place later this year.
  • £130m of new funding for start-up business loans was announced as was an additional £200 million of funding for the British Business Bank for scale-ups.


The government was very quick to announce that support to see the UK through Coronavirus would have cross-party unity as well as all the resources required to deal with the outbreak. This could affect you in the following ways.

  • Statutory sick pay can be claimed from day 1, brought forward from day 4 in the event you are required to self-isolate. A sickness letter can be requested by calling 111. Available to all who have been advised to self-isolate.
  • Small employers with under 250 employees can claim back statutory sick pay entitlement for a two week period of illness. Also available from day one of being advised to self-isolate.
  • Self-employed workers, who are not eligible for sick pay, will be able to claim contributory Employment Support Allowance.
  • Small businesses will be able to access “business interruption” loans of up to £1.2m.
  • Small business businesses that pay no business rates will be entitled to a cash grant worth £3,000.

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If you would like to speak to us to discuss any of the announcements in the March 2020 budget please contact us, and we will be happy to help.