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BUDGET 2021: Key Points for Small Business & Self-Employed

Updated: Mar 4, 2021

Rishi Sunak has announced the much anticipated 2021 recovery budget, laying out plans for how the UK will bounce back from Covid19 and protect jobs & income for the year ahead.

Here are some of the key points for small businesses & the self-employed:

Furlough Scheme To a sigh of relief, the furlough scheme which has been a life-line to employers and employees alike has been extended until September 2021. Employers will be asked to contribute 10% of hours staff do not work in July & 20% in August and September.

Self-employed Income Support Scheme The current support scheme is being widened to include 600,000 people that filed a return in 19/20 tax year for the first time. The scheme also includes a 4th and 5th grant, taking the scheme up until July 2021.


Reduced VAT (Value Added Tax) of 5% for businesses within the hospitality, accommodation & attractions industry will remain for 6 months, until 30th September 2021. This will increase to 12.5% from October 2021 until the new year and from April 2022, will return to 20%.

Help to Grow

This new scheme has been introduced to offer leaders of SMEs across the UK, management training, free expert technical advice and 50% discount on digital, productivity-enhancing software up to £5,000. You can register your interest via

Corporation Tax Corporation Tax will be raised by 25% from April 2023. The increase only applies to companies with a profit of over £250,000. Also, the introduction of a small profit rate of 19% for companies with a profit of £50,000 or less, with a tapered approach between the two thresholds.

For more information on how the new budget will impact you or your business, contact done of our experts.

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