[UK] Government’s Lockdown Tax Receipts Show £31bn Drop


26 JUN 2020

Tax and advisory firm Blick Rothenberg say that, according to figures released on Monday, HMRC’s tax receipts have plummeted; in some cases to a net refund position. Business Leader reports on the dramatic drop.

Further analysis reveals a drop in almost every tax, down £31bn year on year and £47bn when considering the three months to 31 May. The news further highlights the massive challenge ahead to stabilise the UK’s finances.

Robert Pullen - a Blick Rothenberg partner - said, “Of particular note, and yet not unexpected, is the VAT receipts. For the second month in a row, HMRC paid out more in VAT refunds than it took; a combination of the lockdown measures closing most shops until recently, and the deferral of making VAT payments until later this year.

“The Chancellor will no doubt be hoping for a significant surge in VAT receipts over the coming months as the lockdown eases and spending resumes. SDLT was also markedly down, as the property mark ground to a near halt, reaching a low point not seen since the 2009 global financial crisis.

“Whilst PAYE and NIC receipts were also lower, this was less impacted, most likely due to the furlough scheme. Whether this changes in the coming months when the relief is rolled back remains to be seen.

All eyes will now be on what further stimulus measures are announced, and if - as seems inevitable - an emergency budget goes ahead later this year, what tax changes are on the horizon.”

Source: Business Leader

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