Budget Resolutions 2004 — Non-Corporate Distribution Rate — 23 Mar 2004 at 19:46
Oliver Letwin MP, West Dorset voted in the minority (No).
The majority Aye voters agreed to introduce a 'non-corporate distribution rate (NCDR)'.
This rate "ensured that where a company paid below the small companies' [corporation tax rate] (19% in 2004), dividend payments made to non-corporates (for example, individuals, trusts and personal representatives of deceased persons) would be subject to additional corporation tax, bringing the corporation tax paid up to 19%. For example, a company making £10,000 profit, and making a £6,000 dividend distribution to an individual and £4,000 to another company would pay 19% corporation tax on the £6,000."
The background to this measure is the starting rate for corporation tax introduced by Gordon Brown in his 1999 budget. This meant companies who made a profit between £0 and £10,000 per year were taxed at 10% on those profits.
However, in the 2002 budget Gordon Brown reduced this starting rate to 0% meaning, of course, companies with profits of no more than £10,000 paid no corporation tax.
Labour wanted to introduce the NCDR because when the starting rate was set to 0% in 2002 this resulted in a large number of small businesses turning themselves into companies. Consequently, many of these businesses were avoiding paying corporation tax.
-  Motion on corporation tax, House of Commons, 23 March 2004
-  Small companies' corporation tax rate is set for companies whose profits are less than £300,000 per year
-  Wikipedia entry, retrieved on 2010-02-27
-  Finance Act 1999, Section 28
-  Finance Act 2002, Section 32
-  BBC News, 16 March 2004
Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.
What is Tell? '+1 tell' means that in addition one member of that party was a teller for that division lobby.
What are Boths? An MP can vote both aye and no in the same division. The boths page explains this.
What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.
|Party||Majority (Aye)||Minority (No)||Both||Turnout|
|Con||0||125 (+2 tell)||0||78.4%|
|Lab||290 (+2 tell)||0||0||71.6%|