The Finance Bill 2017-18 officially known as Finance (No.2) Bill 2017-19, received Royal Assent on 15 March 2018 following agreement by both Houses. The Bill is now an Act of Parliament to be called the Finance Act 2018. The Act contains the legislation for many of the tax measures that were announced by the Government at Autumn Budget 2017.
Finance Act 2018, introduces a number of diverse measures including the introduction of a new permanent Stamp Duty Land Tax relief for first-time buyers, the freezing of the capital gains indexation allowance for companies from the end of 2017, increases in Vehicle Excise Duty and Company Car Tax rates for diesel cars, and higher limits for some Enterprise Investment Scheme and Venture Capital Trust investments.
The Finance Act also puts in place several new measures to tackle tax avoidance, evasion, and non-compliance in areas including offshore trusts, disguised remuneration and VAT evasion by online sellers.
The Finance Bill 2017 officially known as Finance (No. 2) Bill received Royal Assent on 27 April 2017 following agreement by both Houses on the text of the Bill. The Bill is now an Act of Parliament (law) known as Finance Act 2017.
The Finance Bill was one of 22 Bills fast-tracked through Parliament to receive Royal Assent before the 2016-17 Parliamentary session was brought to a close with a ‘prorogation’ announcement on Thursday 27 April 2017.
The Finance Act 2017 contains just 148 pages compared to the 762 pages when it was first published. The measures in the Act include changes to the main Income Tax rates for 2017-18, new overseas pensions and offshore transfers measures, the introduction of the soft drinks industry levy and some VAT and IPT measures.
Parliament was dissolved on Wednesday 3 May for the 2017 General Election on 8 June.