HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has recently reported a significant increase in Corporation Tax receipts for 2022/23.
The receipts have risen by £17.3 billion, reaching a record £84.7 billion. This represents a 26 per cent increase on the previous tax year, which is a substantial figure by any measure.
This increase occurred in the year before the increase in the top rate of Corporation Tax and the introduction of marginal tax relief, so a further increase in receipts may be recorded in the current tax year.
Cash flow concerns
One of the immediate impacts of increased Corporation Tax receipts could be on the cash flow of businesses. Higher tax liabilities mean that companies will have less cash available for other operational needs, such as expansion, hiring, and research and development.
The increase in Corporation Tax could also affect investment decisions. Businesses might be more cautious about making significant investments in new projects or technologies due to the reduced cash flow. This could potentially slow down innovation and growth in the long term.
Strains on smaller businesses
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), which often operate on thin margins, could be hit harder by the increase in Corporation Tax.
The added financial burden could lead to layoffs, reduced hours, or even closures in extreme cases.
The outcomes of higher tax receipts for the nation
The increase in Corporation Tax receipts to a record £84.7 billion is a double-edged sword. While it indicates a stronger economy and provides the Government with additional revenue, it also poses challenges for businesses.
While it will be how the Government utilises this additional revenue, business owners should ensure that they are prepared for any additional Corporation Tax payments and remain financially healthy.
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