The Chancellor has set out a package of temporary, timely and targeted measures to support public services, people and businesses through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19.

This includes a package of measures to support businesses including:

a Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

deferring VAT and Income Tax payments

a Self-employment Income Support Scheme

a Statutory Sick Pay relief package for small and medium sized businesses (SMEs)

a 12-month business rates holiday for all retail, hospitality, leisure and nursery businesses in England

small business grant funding of £10,000 for all business in receipt of small business rate relief or rural rate relief

grant funding of £25,000 for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with property with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000

the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme offering loans of up to £5 million for SMEs through the British Business Bank

a new lending facility from the Bank of England to help support liquidity among larger firms, helping them bridge coronavirus disruption to their cash flows through loans

the HMRC Time To Pay Scheme

Dividend allowance

Every individual can receive up to £5,000 of dividend income per year, taxed at 0%. It doesn’t matter what rate of tax the individual pays on their other income, the first £5,000 of dividend income will be taxed at 0%.

Current Income Tax Rate 2016-2017

Personal Allowance         Up to £11,000     0%

Basic rate            £11,001 to £43,000          20%

Higher rate         £43,001 to £150,000        40%

Additional rate  over £150,000    45%