Philip Hammond’s first Autumn Budget started with a sequence of humorous statements, including referring to Theresa May’s coughing pout at the Conservative Conference. However, he soon got down to business and delivered his hour-long Budget speech, announcing changes that will impact on contractors, freelancers and small businesses. Here is our summary.

register-for-flat-rate-VAT If you are a contractor or freelancer, or own a small business, you may be liable for VAT. If your income reaches the threshold of £83,000 in any given tax year then you are required by law to register. The VAT Flat Rate Scheme for small businesses often works out a good option, as you get to keep some of the VAT you charge to your customers, and limit the paperwork involved with VAT return filing.