UK Government drops the “eBay and AirBnB” tax break

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It seems that several measures previously revealed in the UK government budget of 2016, expected to come into force this year, that would have helped consumer sellers trading online, have been dropped from the government’s legislative programme. You can read more here.

The plan was that UK tax payers could make as much as £1000 per year selling on eBay, or maybe renting out a room via AirBnB, without needing to file a tax return or pay HMRC a penny.

Financial secretary to the Treasury Jane Ellison told the House of Commons that “the Bill is progressing on the basis of consensus and therefore, at the request of the opposition, we are not proceeding with a number of clauses. These provisions will make a significant contribution to the public finances, and the Government will legislate for the remaining provisions at the earliest opportunity, at the start of the new Parliament.”

Other measures that will impact SMEs have also been lost from the Finance Bill with the impending General Election including the reduction of the dividend allowance from £5000 to £2000 supposed to be introduced in April 2018. Pension allowance cuts have also been delayed.

The £1000 allowance won’t be much missed by professional online sellers but still an annoyance to those who sell on a small scale on online marketplaces.

One Response

  1. This will make no difference to us, but their was a time when starting out we needed that bit of “cash in the attic” cash back when starting out in 2008 just to keep a roof over our heads, and a lot of people will still need it. my old job they are still paying the same as they did 10 years ago. More for less.
    You can see the with the Government thinking, first with national insurance attempt at self employed pay the same for less, rates, what is happening here. The little guy is going to pay for Brexit.
    The whole tax system is over complicated and designed to suit the 1% anyway, the large corporates, those who hide in the channel islands etc.

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