The Chancellor’s themes in this year’s Budget Statement focused on boosting enterprise, putting the next generation first, and helping working people keep more of the money they earn.
Growth forecasts have been revised down for the next three years. Growth is forecast to be 2% in 2016, down from 2.4% in the Autumn Statement. GDP is predicted to grow 2.2% and 2.1% in 2017 and 2018, down from 2.4% and 2.5% forecast in the Autumn Statement.
The announcement in respect of the taxation of termination payments is perhaps of greatest interest in that wide ranging changes had been anticipated following consultation last year.
The government is saying that it will seek to tighten the scope for “manipulation” of the exemption which applies to compensation/termination payments but the fact that there is still reference to the £30,000 exemption being in place in April 2018 indicates that the Chancellor has pulled back from more radical reform.
Businesses operating in the recruitment sector are likely to be affected by several announcements made in the Chancellor’s Budget Statement for 2016. The Red Book (published to accompany the Statement) contains further details of the Government’s plans that should be noted.
Of key significance to the recruitment sector is the following:
What do the changes mean for businesses operating in the recruitment sector? Whilst there are some beneficial changes for businesses that have been announced, employment businesses and end user clients will no doubt have concerns regarding the proposed changes concerning personal service company workers providing services in the public sector. In particular, the Red Book confirms that:
“Some individuals who work through their own limited company are undertaking jobs that would ordinarily mean they are employees of the business that they are working for. In those circumstances, existing legislation on off-payroll working requires them to pay broadly the same taxes as employees. However, non-compliance with these rules is costing the taxpayer around £440 million a year – and these costs are rising.
Public sector bodies have a responsibility to taxpayers to ensure that the people working for them are paying the right tax. From April 2017, where the public sector engages an off-payroll worker through their own limited company, that body (or the recruiting agency if the public sector body engages through one) will become responsible for determining whether the rules should apply, and for paying the right tax…”
Although this change will only take effect in 2017, it raises new issues and concerns for employment businesses supplying these workers and for end user clients who require use of such services.