The first draft of Finance Bill 2020 has been published. The bill includes a number of measures previously announced at Budget 2018 and the recent Spring Statement and intended to take effect from April 2020, including:

Capital gains tax

  • Changes to Private Residence Relief 
  • To reduce the final period exemption to 9 months and restrict lettings relief for periods in which the owner is letting and not present.

Income tax

  • Introducing Off payroll working in the private sector 
  • Workers who supply their services via a Personal service company (PSC) will have PAYE and National Insurance deducted from their fees by their end client.

Corporation tax

Income reliefs


  • Changes to give HMRC priority over other unsecured creditors when a company goes into insolvency with unpaid VAT, PAYE, CIS and NIC collected from customers and employees.

Land and Property

The proposed 1% SDLT surcharge for non-resident purchasers of UK property which was announced at Budget 2018 appears to have been omitted from the draft bill for now.



These are not the only changes scheduled for next year, see Finance Act 2019: tax update & rolling planner 2019-20 for a summary for each tax area.


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The draft bill can be found together with explanatory notes here. Comments on the draft legislation are invited up to 5 September 2019. The final contents will then be confirmed at Budget 2019. 

Finance Bill 2019-20