There were a few surprises among the array of consulted and well-trailed announcements in the Chancellor’s speech.

  • The personal allowance will increase to £10,000 in 2014/15.
  • The higher rate (40%) tax threshold will increase by £415 to £41,865.
  • A transferable tax allowance of £1,000 will be introduced for married couples and civil partners from April 2015.
  • From 6 April 2015 employers will no longer pay Class 1 national insurance contributions on earnings paid up to the upper earnings limit to any employee under the age of 21.
  • In October 2015 a new class of voluntary NICs (3A) will be introduced to allow pensioners who reach state pension age before 6 April 2016 to top up their Additional Pension entitlement.
  • The overall annual individual savings account (ISA) subscription limit for 2014/15 will rise to £11,880, of which £5,940 can be invested in cash.
  • The final exemption period for private residence relief will be halved to 18 months from April 2014.
  • From April 2015, capital gains tax will apply to future gains on residential property owned by non-resident individuals.
  • Legislation to block venture capital trust (VCT) enhanced buyback schemes will take effect from April 2014.
  • New ‘simplified’ IHT rules for trusts will be introduced from April 2015, following further consultation.

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