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You are probably aware by now, that from April 2023 the main rate of Corporation Tax will rise from 19% to 25%. The current rate of 19% will still apply if your profits are £50,000 or less. Any companies with profits between the margin of £50,000 and £250,000 will pay tax at the new main rate, reduced by a marginal relief of 3/200. This will lead to a gradual increase in the effective corporation tax rate.

How does this affect associated companies? (If one company has control of the other, or both are under the control of the same person or persons.)  The new corporation tax upper and lower rates will be divided by the number of associated companies, reducing the upper and lower thresholds, or splitting them between the businesses.

Awareness is key to ensure you are not caught off guard in April.  The first step is to speak to your accountant to help calculate your new liability and what this increase will mean in £’s for your business.

Glow Accounts offers a tax review service, so before these changes are in place we can give you an insight of the actual cost to your company, as well as being able to assess how you will manage the increased rate.

We believe that a good accountant should proactively provide a valuable ongoing resource with a vested interest in your business, helping it to grow with the right financial information.

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Navigating the Complexities of Corporation Tax Changes: What Small Businesses Need to Know

In the ever-evolving landscape of taxation, staying abreast of changes is crucial for businesses to maintain financial health. One such recent development was the fluctuation in Corporation Tax, initially announced in the 2021 Budget and later revised in the Autumn of 2023. Understanding these changes and their implications is paramount for small businesses striving to optimize their tax strategies. In this article, we delve into the nuances of Corporation Tax adjustments, exploring how they impact small businesses and offering insights to navigate these complexities effectively.

Understanding the Corporation Tax Changes: The 2021 Budget introduced plans to increase Corporation Tax from April 2023. However, this decision underwent a reversal before being reinstated in the Autumn of 2023. The revised structure brought significant alterations, including:

  1. Main Rate Increase: The main rate surged to 25% for companies with profits exceeding £250,000.
  2. Small Profits Rate: A Small Profits Rate of 19% was introduced for companies earning £50,000 or less.
  3. Tapering: Profits between £50,000 and £250,000 face a tapered approach, necessitating careful consideration.

Implications for Small Businesses: For small businesses, these changes pose both challenges and opportunities. Understanding the implications is crucial for devising effective tax strategies:

  1. Marginal Small Companies Relief (MSCR): The introduction of MSCR mitigates the impact of increased rates. It applies between profit thresholds, offering relief for qualifying companies.
  2. Effective Tax Rates: Calculating the effective tax rate becomes essential to grasp the actual tax burden. We provide a breakdown of effective rates across different profit levels to aid in strategic planning.
  3. Impact on Dividends: Corporation Tax adjustments directly influence dividend payouts, warranting a reevaluation of distribution strategies.

Navigating Associated Companies: The complexities escalate when dealing with associated companies. Strict apportionment of thresholds and considerations of common control add layers of intricacy. We offer insights into managing associated companies to optimize tax liabilities:

  1. Understanding Associated Companies: We dissect the definition and implications of associated companies, shedding light on the factors determining their classification.
  2. Apportionment Challenges: Anomalies arise due to strict apportionment, necessitating meticulous profit alignment and strategic decision-making.
  3. Mitigating Risks: We outline strategies to mitigate risks associated with multiple companies under common control, emphasizing the importance of equalizing profits and exploring alternative business structures.


The fluctuating landscape of Corporation Tax underscores the need for small businesses to remain agile and well-informed. By comprehending the intricacies of recent changes, businesses can proactively strategise to optimise tax efficiency and navigate associated challenges effectively.

As trusted advisors, accountants such as Glow Accounts in Crowborough play a pivotal role in guiding businesses through these transitions, offering tailored solutions to mitigate risks and capitalise on opportunities. Stay informed, stay proactive, and empower your business for financial resilience in the face of evolving tax regulations.

Need to know more about Corporation Tax and how the changes may affect your business?

If you think your business may be impacted by the new rules, then talk to us at Glow Accounts for a full insight into what these changes may mean for you and your business.

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