UK Tax Year 2015: Changes in the UK Taxation System

Posted by D&V Accounting Services
Apr 17, 2015
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DV_Logo_PHAs Benjamin Franklin would have it, the only things that are certain in this life are death and taxes. Taxes are considered to be the bloodline of a government. It provides the state with the financial resources to operate and implement its projects. In the United Kingdom, the proper collection of taxes is one of the key responsibility of Her Majesty’s Treasury (HM Treasury), and their executive agency, HM Revenue and Customs.

This year, the HM Treasury has announced some tax changes that already took effect earlier this April 2015. Here are some of the most important changes in the tax policies of the United Kingdom:

  • The corporation tax paid by businesses will be cut to 20% from 21%. This makes the corporation tax in the United Kingdom the lowest among the G20.
  • The Diverted Profit Tax (DPT) takes effect. The DPT imposes a 25% tax on the profits of companies (excluding small-medium enterprises) that satisfy these two conditions; (1) a company that has UK Sales with the help of a non-UK company or a Permanent Establishment; or (2) a UK Company or a Permanent Establishment that has a significant transaction with an associated company.
  • Business Rate Changes in England:
o   Business Rates Multiplier has been adjusted to 49.3p from 48.2p (48.0p from 49.3p for small businesses). The rate includes the 2% inflation cap.
o   Small Business Rate Relief scheme has doubled for an additional year – providing 100% relief for businesses with a single property with a rateable value of less than 6,000 GBP, and tapered relief for those with rateable value of 6,000 – 12,000 GBP.
o   Business rates discount for shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants increased from 1,000 GBP to 1,500 GBP (for those with rateable value of 50,000 GBP or below).

  • VAT Registration threshold has increased from 81,000 GBP to 82,000 GBP and the deregistration threshold from 79,000 GBP to 80,000 GBP.
  • Associated Companies Rules have been replaced with simpler rules based on 51% group membership.
  • Capital Gains Tax annual exemption amount has increased to 11,000 GBP 


These are just some of the recent tax changes in the United Kingdom for 2015. To know more about other tax changes in the UK, visit

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