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Are you a Budget winner or will your wallet soon feel lighter?

Chancellor Alistair Darling is delivering his first Budget, and he is facing tough choices as the UK economy is slowing down.

Use our Budget calculator, developed by accounting firm KPMG LLP (UK), to find out how the Budget will affect you during the financial year starting in April 2008.

Your details

  • Sex
  • Age
  • Number of children under 16
  • Average weekly hours worked
  • Marital status

  • Spouse/Partner Sex
  • Spouse/Partner Age
  • Spouse/Partner Average weekly hours worked
Gross annual employment income
Net self employment income
Dividend income
UK Interest income
Net income from rental properties
Gross non-state pension

Your lifestyle

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All following amounts are totalsPer week
  • Cigarettes (packs of 20)
  • Beer (pints)
  • Wine (175ml glass)
  • Spirits 50ml (std double)
  • Vehicle fuel (litres)

Your flights

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All following amounts are totalsPer year
  • Standard class short-haul
    (Within EU/EEA)
  • Premium class short-haul
    (Within EU/EEA)
  • Standard class long-haul
  • Premium class long-haul

Your motoring

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Cars registered before 1 March 2001: taxed on engine size; over 1549cc £180 a year, below £115. Cars with petrol engines registered on or after 1 March 2001: taxed in seven tax bands depending on CO2 emissions. Bands A-F apply to all cars registered until a year ago, the new G tax band applies to heavily polluting cars registered on or after 23 March 2006.
Different tax rates apply for cars with engines using diesel or alternative fuels.

Current car tax system plus 2009 changes

Government information on vehicle tax bands
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Road Tax - cars registered after 1/3/2001

Band Fuel Type
Car Pre 03/01 A B C D E F G Unleaded Diesel LPG

Your company cars

The Vehicle Certification Agency website has a comprehensive database of car fuel consumption and emissions, and how it affects your company car tax bracket.
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Company Car List Price Emissions
(CO2 emissions g/km)
Diesel Fuel provided

Private use of employer's vans

Spouse/Partner's company cars

Company car List Price Emissions
(CO2 emissions g/km)
Diesel Fuel provided

Private use of employer's vans

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The Budget proposals and other tax changes are summarised in this application. The proposals may, however, be amended significantly before enactment. The content of this application is intended to provide a general guide to the subject matter and should not be regarded as a basis for ascertaining liability to tax or determining investment strategy in specific circumstances. Although we endeavour to provide accurate and timely information, there can be no guarantee that such information is accurate as of the date it is received or that it will continue to be accurate in the future. No one should act upon such information without appropriate professional advice after a thorough examination of the particular situation.

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