It won’t have escaped your notice that we are indeed living in uncertain times! Between inflation, rising fuel prices and energy costs, and anticipation of what a new Prime Minister may bring, times continue to be challenging for small and medium-sized businesses and non-profit organisations.
With the departure of Boris Johnson, the contenders as leader of the Conservative Party and Prime Minister (PM) have now been whittled down to the last two – Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss.
Whoever wins will need to appoint a new chancellor and we await their tax policies with interest.
In the event of Liz Truss becoming PM, we are expecting her Chancellor to call an emergency Budget, with a flurry of tax reductions being announced.
In her campaign to win support from Tory members, Liz Truss has suggested that she would reverse the 1.25% Health and Social Care Levy. She would also cancel or reduce the scheduled rise in corporation tax to 25% from 1 April 2023 where company profits are in excess of £250,000 a year.
We are not currently expecting an emergency Budget under former chancellor Rishi Sunak. Sunak continues to promise tax cuts in the future, but only when inflation has been brought under control.