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Contractor accountants call for a careful budget

Contractor accountants call for a careful budget

Restraint should be the name of the game if we want to avoid another economic recession. That’s the message accountants are sending to George Osborne in advance of the June 22nd budget.

Although VAT and CGT rises are anticipated, members of MGI UK and Ireland hope there will be some assistance made available to counter any damaging consequences of these rises.

An interesting idea put forward by Andy White of Carter Backer Winter is bound to gain widespread support from employers. He wants to see employers’ national insurance contributions abolished completely; a move he says which would encourage companies to take on more staff. The resulting loss of revenue would be compensated for by an increase in income tax collections and the reduction in the amount of state benefits paid to the unemployed.

Other online accountants say they would like to see a cut in corporation tax rates and an overhaul of IR35.

Meanwhile, government departments are going to have their work cut out in the run up to the summer recess. They need to outline spending plans, which will then be checked against tough criteria, if they want to have funding approved. One of the new criteria that must be met is that projects are essential to help meet government priorities.

Small firms and limited company contractors could benefit from this rule as outsourcing the work could prove the most efficient means of getting projects completed.

George Osborne has said that we face a great national challenge. Government must rethink the way they spend money. Gone are the days of debt, irresponsibility, and waste and we must now find ways to get the country living within its means.

We inherited this terrible economic crisis but if we all work together we can put it right, he added.

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