Mini Budget 2022

Last week, as part of the mini-budget, the government began announcing help for small businesses. This blog gives you the details of what matters and how this could impact your business.

At a top level, the mini-budget, the government’s Growth Plan and announcements on energy caps are very good news for small businesses. Excuse the pun, but in many ways, the government has put its hand into its pocket to keep the lights on for small businesses this winter. It’s also changed decades of fiscal discipline and if you believe the media and political pundits it is a very risky move. After all, the government still needs to pay back what it borrowed to support individuals and businesses during the worst of Covid-19.

At a glance, these are the changes that impact you and your small business:

Income tax: Not including Scotland

  • The basic rate has been cut by 1p to 19p from April 2023.
  • From April 2023, the higher rate of Income Tax, 45%, has been scrapped.

Corporation tax: 

  • The planned increase in corporation tax from 19% to 25% has been scrapped.
  • This means that from April 2023, the rate will remain at 19% for all firms.

National Insurance: 

  • The 1.25% increase in National Insurance introduced in April 2022 has now been scrapped. I.e. from November 6th 2022.
  • The Health and Social Care Levy due to be introduced in April 2023 has been scrapped.
  • No change to the threshold that individuals pay National Insurance, i.e. £12,570
  • Eligible businesses still get up to £5000 in employment allowance to reduce their annual National Insurance Liability.

Dividend tax: The 1.25% increase to rates introduced in April 2022 has been reversed from April 2023

Annual investment allowance: The temporary increase from £200k to £1m has been made a permanent increase. This gives 100% tax relief to businesses on their plant and machinery investments up to £1m.

IR35 rules changed: The 2017 and 2021 changes to off-payroll working are to be repealed from April 2023. This means workers providing their services via an intermediary will once again be responsible for determining their employment status and paying the appropriate amount of tax and National Insurance contributions.

Company Share Option Plan: From April 2023 companies can now grant up to £60k (up from £30k) of share options to each eligible employee.

Seed enterprise investment scheme (SEIS):

  • The amount a company can raise under SEIS has been raised from £150k to £250k
  • The amount an individual can invest in SEIS shares has been doubled from £100k to £200k
  • The scheme has been extended to companies with gross assets under £350k

Energy price guarantee and Energy Bill Relief Scheme:

Businesses will pay no more than £211 per megawatt hour for electricity and £75 per megawatt hour for gas. This applies to all energy supply contracts entered into after 1st April. The energy companies will apply the discount. The energy bill relief scheme will operate until March 31st 2023 and potentially be extended after this date for businesses in certain sectors.

Under the energy price guarantee, the highest amount domestic households will have to pay is 34p per kWh of electricity and 10.3p per kWh of gas. The standing charge – the fee customers pay for being connected to the energy grid – will be 46p per day for electricity and 28p per day for gas. This energy price guarantee will last 2 years. A typical household can expect to pay about £2500 a year for their energy.

Investment zones: These new investment zones will benefit from tax incentives, planning liberalisation and wider support for the local economy.

VAT-free digital shopping scheme for visitors to the UK: Visitors to the UK will be able to claim back VAT on goods bought in the high street, airports and other departure points and exported from the UK in their personal baggage. The date for this scheme to go live is currently unknown.

What you need to do now?


If you run your own payroll, then you will need to check that your payroll software provider will be implementing the changes to National Insurance in time for November. If we run your payroll, we will ensure that the changes happen seamlessly.

Personal tax return

The changes to income tax rates and national insurance take effect for the 2022/2023 tax year. They will not impact your personal tax bill for the 2021/2022 tax year. With 2 rates of National Insurance, this will make your 2022/2023 personal tax return more complicated than normal. Please contact us if you would like us to do your personal tax return for the 2022/2023 tax year.

Do a new budget and reforecast your cashflow

The energy price guarantee and changes to employers’ national insurance rates mean that your business’s costs have materially changed for the year. Please contact us if you want help to see how this changes your business’s cost structure going forward.

Revisit your personal and business tax planning strategy

This was anything but a mini-budget. It is a massive change in fiscal policy and direction. This means you may need to rethink your personal and business tax planning strategy going forward. Changes, in particular to the SEIS scheme, may mean there are more tax planning options now open to you and your business. Once again get in touch with us if you have any questions or need help.

What is a Registered Office?

What exactly is a registered office?

A registered office is the address which your Limited Company is registered to. This is a legal requirement for all companies that are incorporated in the UK and you cannot form a company without one.

This address will be placed on the public record and will also serve as the legal postal address for letters from Companies House, HMRC, and all other government departments and agencies. It must be a physical postal address that is in the same UK jurisdiction in which your company is registered.

What is a correspondence address?

All directors and persons of significant control for your company will also have to provide a correspondence or service address. This serves a similar purpose to your company’s registered office in that it will be where HMRC, Companies house, and other government agencies send important post, and will be displayed on the public register. We usually recommend keeping the correspondence address the same as the registered office address, however it can be different it you wish.

Can I use my home address?

You can use your home address as your registered office, however if you rent your home you may need permission from your landlord. You should be aware that by doing this your personal address will appear alongside your company on the public register, so we do not recommend this for privacy reasons.

We believe that your company will also look more professional if you are not using your home address as your registered office.

Where else can I use for my registered office?

You are able to use anywhere as your registered office providing you have permission from the property owner. Here are a few ideas of spaces you could use:

  • Your own office space
  • An external company that provides this service.
  • Your home (although we wouldn’t recommend)

If you are a client of ours, you are able to use our office address. This is included in all of our limited company services.

What is a Confirmation Statement?

Have you heard your accountant talking about your confirmation statement and been puzzled by what it is? Are you wondering about who needs to file one, when, or how?

Wonder no more! We have all the answers for you. Read on below…

What is a confirmation statement?

A confirmation statement is a yearly statement that is sent to companies house to confirm that all the information they hold about the company is correct and up to date.

This video from the government’s website contains a good overview.

Who needs to file a confirmation statement?

Every Limited Company or Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) needs to file a confirmation statement, even if they are dormant or non-trading. Sole traders and companies that have been officially struck off do not need to file a confirmation statement.

When is my confirmation statement due?

Your confirmation statement is due annually, usually around the same time as your company incorporation date. When you register a company, your 12 month review period starts. Your first confirmation statement will usually be due 14 days after the end of this 12 month review period.

You can file a confirmation statement early, if you have had some changes to the company for example. When you do this, you will start a new 12 month review period and the next confirmation statement wont be due for another 12 months.

You can check when your confirmation statement is due by searching for your company on the companies house register.

What happens if I don’t file my confirmation statement?

You will not receive a fine for missing your filing deadline, however if you do not file your statement within 14 days of the end of your review period, your company and its officers may be prosecuted. Your company can also be struck off the register for failing to file a confirmation statement.

How do I file my confirmation statement?

In order to file your confirmation statement you will need your company authentication code and your login to companies house. The government’s website has more information.

There is good news for all 1 Accounts clients however as this is included in all of our service packages! We will need to confirm with you that no details have changed (we may know this already) and you will receive an email from us once it has been filed and accepted by companies house.

What information needs to be updated?

We will have to confirm the below details are still correct before we file so we may contact you to make sure there have been no changes that you haven’t told us about. However, if you do make a change, please make sure you tell us!

We will need to confirm the following details before we file your confirmation statement

  • Company directors and shareholders are the same
  • People with significant control are the same
  • Company’s registered office is the same

You can also update the following information at the same time as filing your confirmation statement:

  • Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) code
  • Statement of capital
  • Trading status of shares
  • Exemption from keeping a PSC register
  • Shareholder information

What if nothing has changed?

If none of your company information has changed then a confirmation statement saying that nothing has changed still needs to be filed so Companies House know the information they have is still correct.

If you have any questions regarding confirmation statements please let us know! We aim to make this process as easy and stress free for our clients as possible.



In March 2020, CH introduced temporary easement measures to suspend voluntary strike off action in response to coronavirus (COVID-19) and they have reviewed these measures each month.

Following the July review, this temporary measure will be lifted from 10 September 2020. From this date, CH restart the process to dissolve companies that have applied for voluntary dissolution.

If you’ve filed an application to strike off your company (DS01)

On 10 September 2020 CH restart the process of removing your company from the register.

You may have received a letter from Companies House stating that your company will be struck off within 2 months if no objections are received, but your company is still listed on the Companies House register.

CH may have suspended strike off action because they have received an objection to your application for strike off, or this could be due to the temporary measures to suspend voluntary strike off action during the coronavirus outbreak.

When voluntary strike off action restarts from 10 September – if there are no objections to dissolution and the 2-month period from the publication of the Gazette notice has expired, your company will be struck off shortly afterwards.

Objections to a strike off application

Any person with an interest in a company which is nearing strike off should register an objection to dissolution at Companies House. If you’ve already registered an objection, but the time period for that objection is due to expire – you’ll need to register your objection again if it’s still required.

When CH receive an objection to strike off, they will respond to advise whether the objection has been accepted or rejected. Every response will give a deadline and if they receive no further evidence that action is progressing by that date, they will resume the process to remove the company from the register.

It’s important to send any objection to CH as early as possible after publication of the Gazette notice and at least 2 weeks before the notice expiry date.

Applications from 10 July 2020

If you’re going to file an application to strike off your company from today onwards, these changes will not affect your company. The easements for voluntary dissolution apply to applications for strike off registered at Companies House before 10 July 2020.

If your application is acceptable, it will be registered, and a notice published in the Gazette. If there are no objections to the dissolution, your company will be struck off in around 2 months’ time.

Compulsory strike off

The compulsory strike off process is still paused. CH continue to review this measure on a monthly basis and publish any changes on our website.