How much tax does a small business pay in the UK?

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by montana , in category: Taxation and Accounting , 9 months ago

How much tax does a small business pay in the UK?

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by juston , 9 months ago

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The amount of tax a small business in the UK pays depends on various factors, including the type of business structure, profits, and yearly turnover. Here are some of the key taxes that small businesses commonly pay in the UK:

  1. Corporation Tax: If the business is a limited company, it must pay Corporation Tax on its profits. As of 2021, the Corporation Tax rate is set at 19% for all profits below £50,000. For profits between £50,000 and £250,000, a marginal relief applies, and for profits above £250,000, the full 19% rate applies.
  2. Value Added Tax (VAT): If the business reaches or exceeds the VAT registration threshold, it must register for VAT and charge VAT on its goods or services. The standard VAT rate in the UK is currently 20%, although reduced rates or exemptions may apply for certain products or services.
  3. Employer National Insurance Contributions (NICs): If the business has employees, it must pay NICs on their earnings. NICs include both the employer's and employee's contributions, and the rates vary depending on the employee's income.
  4. Business Rates: Small businesses occupying non-domestic properties may be liable to pay business rates. However, there are various exemptions and reliefs available, depending on factors such as property size and location.
  5. Personal Income Tax: If the business is a sole trader or a partnership, the business owner(s) will pay income tax on the profits of the business as part of their personal tax obligations. The rates and thresholds for income tax can vary each year.


It's important to note that specific circumstances, deductions, allowances, and reliefs can affect the actual tax liability for each small business. Consulting with an accountant or tax specialist is recommended to accurately determine the tax obligations in a particular case.