The Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered his Autumn Budget speech on 22 November 2017, at 12:30pm. The key points for freelancers, contractors and small business are set out below. 
As a contractor/freelancer operating as a limited company, you could be at risk of being investigated by the HMRC to see if you fall under IR35. 
Due to the changes to the tax rates on dividends that came into effect from 2016/17, many freelancers, contractors and small business owners may find that they fall into the self-assessment payments on account regime for the first time this tax return season. But what does it mean? 
If you need to borrow money from your limited company, you can do so with an interest-free, or low-interest Director’s Loan. So long as the company isn’t in financial difficulty, shareholders have offered approval, and the board have agreed on the terms, a director’s loan can be a very cost effective way of borrowing money. However, there are two common pitfalls you’ll want to avoid: paying additional Corporation Tax and Benefit in Kind Tax. 
On 8th March 2017, Philip Hammond delivered the much anticipated Spring Budget 2017, outlining tax and welfare reforms, as well as changes to public service spending. This is the last Spring Budget as all future Budgets will take place in the Autumn. 
In the Autumn Statement 2016 Philip Hammond announced some proposed changes in relation to how public sector contractors work within IR35. These changes have been confirmed in the Spring Budget 2017 and will come into effect from April 2017. 
During the Autumn Statement 2016 on 23 November 2016, an announcement was made by the Chancellor to change how the VAT Flat Rate Scheme is used by a many small businesses. There had been no hints or whispers of such changes, so this came as a shock to us accountants and tax advisers I can tell you! 
Several clients have contacted us recently about emails and/or text messages they have received about tax refunds. 
Pension auto-enrolment was introduced as part of the Pensions Act 2008, amid growing concerns that the population in general was neglecting opportunities to make payments towards state, private, and employer pensions. 
 
In October 2012, auto-enrolment into a workplace pension scheme became mandatory for large companies in the UK. All employees in the UK between the ages of 22 and state pension age will be eligible for the scheme, so long as they earn above the £10,000 income threshold. By 2018, companies of all sizes (as small as 1 director and 1 employee) will be included in the scope of the legislation. So what does this mean for limited companies? 
A limited company is a separate legal entity and must have an official “registered office address”. This address is publicly available on the Companies House website. In fact, if you Google your company name, you will find that one of the top results will take you to a company search page showing the registered office address, director’s names and several other details.