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John Bateson BSc (Hons), F.C.I.S., F.I.C.A.

Isle of Man Budget 2015

Posted by John Bateson BSc (Hons), F.C.I.S., F.I.C.A. on 18th February 2015

Key features of the 2015-16 Isle of Man Budget include:

    • Government has achieved its aim of a rebalanced revenue budget, with provision for a £2m surplus
    • A reduction in gross spending in real terms (after inflation) by over £9m or 1%
    • Reintroduction of loan interest charged to Departments, to replenish the Capital Fund. Capital programme of £78m includes construction and engineering work worth £60m, £3m or 6% more than the previous year
    • £2m increase to the Health Inspection Fund to help fund additional resources and projects arising from reviews of Noble's Hospital
    • Creation of a £8.2m central contingency to offset unfunded inflationary and other contingency risk impacts to ease pressure on internal reserves
    • A substantial (82.7%) increase in the Carer's Allowance paid to those who cannot work because they are providing full-time care to a severely disabled person. This is going up from £61.35 to £112.10 per week and will benefit around 320 carers at an additional cost of about £850,000 a year
    • A new National Insurance 'holiday' scheme for employers taking on a person who has been long-term unemployed, long-term sick or recently released from prison
    • The income tax lower rate for individuals remains at 10% and the higher rate at 20%.
    • Income tax personal allowance maintained at £9,500 for single persons and £19,000 for jointly assessed couples.
    • The threshold at which the higher rate for individuals becomes payable is unchanged at £10,500.
    • The 'tax cap', maximum individual income tax liability, to be increased from £120,000 to £125,000 for new entrants to the scheme. It is anticipated that the scheme would generate a direct economic benefit in the region of £125m over the next five years
    • An increase from 10% to 20% in the income tax rate paid by companies on income from local land and property, expected to raise an additional £3m per year
    • Personal Allowance Credit to be reduced from £500 to £400 and to be restricted to the elderly or disabled with a taxable income of £9,500 or less. The Minister explained that PAC was still a potential disincentive to paid employment
    • Income thresholds for means-tested entitlement to child benefit to be reduced by £10,000, saving around £1m a year. Families with annual incomes under £50,000 will be entitled to full benefit; reduced benefit will be payable to those on between £50,000 and £80,000; and families with income above £80,000 a year will no longer be entitled to child benefit

Taxation Measures Subject To Future Consultation

The following proposals for 2016/17 will be subject to consultation in due course.

    • Removal of the 10% band for individual taxation and increase personal allowance in excess of £14,000.
    • Removal of the age allowance.
    • Introduction of National Insurance contributions for employees who are of state pension age after 6 April 2016, including self-employed.

 

Further Reading

Budget Speech 2015  (126kb PDF)

Budget Reports and Estimates 2015-16 (568kb PDF)

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