George Osborne presented his third Budget on Wednesday 21 March 2012.
The Chancellor started by reaffirming the need for stability in the UK economy and finished in Churchillian style with phrases such as:
‘No people will strive as the British will strive.’
‘No country will adapt as the British will adapt.’
‘This country borrowed its way into trouble. Now we’re going to earn our way out.’
Towards the end of last year the Government issued the majority of the clauses, in draft, of Finance Bill 2012 together with updates on consultations. The publication of the draft Finance Bill clauses is part of the Government’s improvements in the way tax policy is developed, communicated and legislated. The Budget updates some of these previous announcements and also proposes further measures. Some of these changes apply from April 2012 and some take effect at a later date, so the timing needs to be carefully considered.
This summary outlines the issues that are most likely to be of interest to you. We have included informative comments and possible action points to help you focus on specific areas.
If you have a question concerning any of the issues covered in this summary, or would like advice on the best possible course of action in a particular area, please contact us.