4 ways the Autumn Statement impacts travel businesses

In this post we share four considerations for travel business owners following the Autumn Statement.

18 Nov, 2022 Updated 30 Nov, 2022
Autumn Statement effecting travel businesses

The tone of Jeremy Hunt’s Autumn Statement was worlds away from that of the disastrous mini-budget in September. The new Chancellor made it clear that although everyone would feel the pinch, he didn’t want to do anything too extreme. 

You can view the full budget announcement on Gov.uk, but here are four considerations for travel business owners. 

1 – Business rates revaluation from April 2023 may increase your tax bill

From 1 April 2023, if you own any non-domestic property, such as offices, the rateable value of the properties will change. This means that your business rates bill may increase. 

You should get to grips with the impact this will have on your business sooner rather than later. Look at what your rateable value is likely to be and whether the revaluation will increase or decrease your bill. 

If your bill is increasing from 1 April 2023, here is a breakdown of the new rates:

Rateable value2023 to 20242024 to 20252025 to 2026
Up to £20,000 (£28,000 in London)5%10% plus inflation25% plus inflation
£20,001 (£28,001 in London) to £100,00015%25% plus inflation40% plus inflation
Over £100,00030%40% plus inflation55% plus inflation

You may qualify for transitional relief, which applies to retail, hospitality and leisure businesses. Although, be aware this is most likely to apply to travel firms that own a shop. 

As with other reliefs throughout the pandemic, the local council distributes this, so it can be dependent on their interpretation of the relief. If you think you may qualify, we advise you to contact them as soon as possible. 

You can find out more on Gov.uk.

2 – Cuts to R&D tax allowances may hamper the travel sector’s growth

Over the past few years, research and development (R&D) tax credits have been helpful for travel businesses as they incentivise investment in technology. However, the Chancellor announced a cut in the enhancement rate from 130% to 86% and the SME tax credit rate from 14.5% to 10% from April 2023, making the scheme less attractive. 

3 – Dividends and capital gains cuts mean increased tax bills and admin

From April 2023, the dividends allowance will be £1,000 per year, down from £2,000. From April 2024, this is halved to £500 per year.

Travel business owners who remunerate themselves with dividends will experience higher tax bills as the gap between dividends and salaries narrows.

The government has also cut the annual exempt allowance for capital gains tax from April 2023. This will result in increased taxes and additional administrative costs for those gains that now need to be reported where they fall beyond the threshold.

4 – Stability may help consumers feel confident about booking a holiday

Although disposable income has shrunk across the board, the budget has calmed the markets. The energy price cap is increasing slightly, but at least we know it’s staying, meaning consumers have more clarity. This will hopefully give people needing a holiday after the pandemic the confidence to book a trip.

Please get in touch with our team If you want to discuss how the Autumn Statement changes may impact your business.

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