5 Things That Will Affect Your Finances in 2020

2020 is going to be a year of change: Brexit, a large conservative majority and plenty of proposed changes to financial laws. In today’s article, we’ll talk about how all this will affect your finances in 2020.

It’s important to be aware of how all the changes will affect your finances in 2020. So today we’ll give our top 5 things to keep an eye on.

State Pension Age

It seems like every year there’s another Act passed that plans to raise the state pension age.

This may seem a long way off, but it’s worth keeping in mind how this will affect you. In 2020, the State Pension age for both men and women will move to 66 (by October).

The Pensions Act of 2007 actually contains provisions for what’s going to happen between 2044 and 2046. We’d take that will a pinch of salt. (For what it’s worth, the age will go up to 68).

Check out the official documentation from HMRC for all the details.

Universal Credit & Benefits Rise

Universal Credit is expected to rise by 1.7% in April. This would be in line with inflation. This comes after a period of freezes and caps.

There should be similar rises for legacy benefits. However, later in the year, the government will start moving more people onto Universal Credit.

Universal Credit has been controversial (there have been calls for Iain Duncan Smith to lose his Knighthood). But it looks like it’s here to stay.

A Rise in Train & Alcohol Prices

Train fares are going up in 2020.

The increases are linked to inflation, so it looks like they will rise by an average of 2.7%. This will obviously have a big affect on your finances in 2020 if you’re a commuter. Among the increases for season tickets:

Reading to London – up £132 to £4,736

Gloucester to Birmingham – up £118 to £4,356

Glasgow to Edinburgh – up £116 to £4,200

There are also plans to set minimum prices on alcohol. A minimum price of 50p per unit would mean a can of beer would have to be sold for at least £1. A bottle of wine would struggle to be much under a fiver.

More Generous Inheritance Tax Rules

George’s Osborne’s pledge to raise the inheritance tax threshhold in 2007 was incredibly popular. It even spooked then PM Gordon Brown into shelving plans for a snap election.

Now, 13 years later, families can pass £1m of their wealth tax free. This is the maximum, and relies upon owning your “main home” and being married.

Changes to Property Laws

2020 will see changes to some important areas of property tax law.

First of all, the mortgage rules for private buy-to-let landlords are changing.

Also, councils will be able to double the tax bill on empty properties. At the moment, they can only increase by 50%. From April, that increases to 100%.

About Key Business Consultants LLP
Gary trained in a top 50 accountancy practice in the City when he formed Key Business Consultants in 2012 as a Seed EIS and EIS tax specialist firm. Serving hundreds of clients since inception, we have vast experience as external accountants who can compliance check your business, give efficient tax planning and represent you well with the authorities. We have experience as internal management accountants and financial controllers, so we know what it takes to adapt to any system and make it deliver results and income. Gary’s passion is looking at future trends and advising clients on how to be agile to stay at the front of the market, like system automation services to synchronise websites to applications and to bookkeeping systems like Xero. As well as adding over fourteen staff in the first four years of trading, Gary also started raising three children. Gary likes to keep fit and takes part in three Spartan Races each year aiming to complete an Ironman race in the near future.

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