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U.K.'s 2013 Budget Cuts Corporate Tax Rate - by Ronan Carrig and Raphael Barchichat 

Global Tax Adviser


March 26, 2013


Ronan Carrig
Toronto, Canadian Corporate Tax


Raphael Barchichat
Montreal, International Corporate Tax


The United Kingdom delivered its 2013 budget on March 20, 2013. Among other changes, the budget reduces the corporate tax rate to 23% (a 1% cut) and proposes changes to the new controlled foreign companies (CFC) regime. This article discusses the highlights of the budget.

Corporation tax rates
The budget reduces the main rate of corporation tax in the United Kingdom to 23% (from 24%) as of April 1, 2013. The rate is expected to further decrease to 22% as of April 1, 2014 and to 20% as of April 1, 2015.


Other tax changes
The budget also:


  • Amends the new CFC regime introduced in Finance Act 2012
  • Increases the research and development tax credit rate to 10% (from 9.1%) of qualifying expenditure, before tax is deducted
  • Changes the sub-sale rules for stamp duty land tax (retroactively effective to March 21, 2012)
  • Clarifies new legislation concerning banks' regulatory capital
  • Limits liabilities deductions for inheritance tax
  • Allows manufacturers to make value added tax adjustments when "goodwill" type payments are made directly to end-customers
  • Changes the taxation of gains and income arising in offshore structures.


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