The Budget

This years Budget is 2 days away on 19th March

It is little more than three months since the Autumn Statement, but here we are in March with another Budget due in the middle of the month. Nearly all of the 2014/15 tax and national insurance numbers were published alongside the Autumn Statement, so there are unlikely to be any surprises there. So what should you be on the look-out for?

The first thing to consider is that this month’s performance from Mr Osborne is effectively his last Budget before the general election on 7 May 2015.  Parliament is due to dissolve before the end of March, so next year’s Budget, will be something that can be nodded through quickly, with anything contentious left for a post-election Finance Bill, as happened with Alistair Darling’s finale in 2010. Thus the Chancellor may choose to play politics and include measures for 2015/16 which will depend upon his party retaining power. A possible shopping list includes:

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