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The Chancellor of the Exchequer's third budget, held on 21 March 2012, might well be remembered in future years for a balancing act (at least in a taxation context) between stimulus and incentive on the one hand, and austerity and anti-avoidance on the other. A number of the Chancellor's provisions focused on enterprise incentives and were accompanied by an additional 1 per cent. reduction in the main rate of UK corporation tax from April 2012. While these announcements will be welcomed, they were balanced against a very tough message on tax avoidance – particularly in the areas of stamp duty land tax planning and income tax avoidance.