The Treasury are cutting it fine for a summer Finance Bill.
The recent General Election left the future of many of the Spring Budget announcements up in the air… but that situation may well change.
When Theresa May announced her snap election in April, it threw a major spanner in the previous month’s Budget. There was no time to pass the 776 pages of Finance Bill before parliament closed its doors with the result being that about 80% of the Finance Bill was removed – and its uncontroversial residue passed through parliament in a few days.
At the time it was anticipated that following the election the Chancellor – which would not necessarily be Mr Hammond – would reveal a Summer Budget, just as his (or her) predecessor did in 2015.
The second Budget of the year was expected to reinstate the lost measures and add a few more that were best left until after the polls closed.
But it didn’t quite work out that way and, as we all know, Mr Hammond has remained in place at 11 Downing Street and in June told Andrew Marr “…there’s not going to be a sort of summer Budget or anything like that, there will be a regular Budget in November as we had always planned…”
Shortly after that appearance, however, the background notes to the Queen’s Speech revealed that there would indeed be a Summer Finance Bill, even if there was no Budget.
A tight timetable
The new Finance Bill will incorporate “a range of tax measures including those to tackle avoidance”, but precisely what those measures will be or when the Bill will emerge is unclear.
The Treasury has a record of stretching seasonal limits when it comes to publications and will not be helped by the parliamentary timetable, which arrives at the summer recess on 20 July. Parliament resumes on 5 September, but only for nine days before the conference recess, which runs until 8 October.
Keith Bonner, Director and lead IFA at HSCFS says “One planned-and-abandoned/deferred measure which could be relevant to you is the reduction in the money purchase annual allowance. This generally operates when pension contributions are being made at the same time as pension benefits are (or have been) being drawn. So, if you think this might affect you, it is vital you check the current situation with us before taking any action.”
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