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What does 2011 hold for contractor accountants?

What does 2011 hold for contractor accountants?

The Autumn Statement from the government showed a revised prediction for economic growth next year. Previously the coalition has predicted growth of 2.3%, but this figure has now been lowered to 2.1%.

However, the IoD disagrees with this, claiming that economic growth in 2011 will be much lower. It likened the recovery cycle to a square root sign which has witnessed a temporary spurt in 2010 but will level off next year.

The IoD commented that the Comprehensive Spending Review has caused too much doom and gloom and the UK needs to realise that there are also other weaknesses in the economy. Lower than expected growth could cause George Osborne to increase taxes, a move which would affect contractor accountants and other freelancers. In fact, if the government’s predictions for GDP are accurate, the chancellor will have to choose between tax increases or further spending cuts if the coalition is to meet its budget deficit targets.

In other related news – although the government has committed to reducing corporation tax, the IoD claims that the new moves still do not go far enough towards attracting more foreign invest in the UK.

The IoD’s head of taxation, Richard Baron, said that whilst the Institute welcomed the fact corporation tax is set to reduce to 24% that still leaves the UK in the bottom half of the list of countries with an attractive rate.

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