Latest National Insurance Contributions

23rd June 2022 Changes to National Insurance

In April 2022 we saw Employee’s National Insurance Contributions increase by 1.25% from 12% to 13.25%, as part of the Governments Health and Social Care levy. Employer’s National insurance also increased from 13.8% to 15%. From April 2023, the health and social care levy will be paid separately to National Insurance and become a tax…

24th September 2021 SSP Rebate Scheme closes 30 September 2021!

Normal Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) can be paid to your employees from the fourth day they are absent from work if they meet the following criteria: They are classed as an employee and have done some work for you Earn an average of at least £120 per week Have been ill for at least 4…

15th September 2021 NIC Rise: The Health & Social Care Levy

On the face of things perhaps no big deal, but in a society that has traditionally seen very small changes to the tax & NI system a 10% rise in one fell swoop is not one to be casually shrugged off.   Assuming current NI banding remains unchanged in the 2022-23 tax year, the budget…

9th September 2021 The new Health and Social Care Levy – increases to NIC and dividend tax

The new levy will increase all NIC rates by 1.25% from April 2022, this will affect employees, employers, self employed and the NIC paid on P11D benefits (such as company cars and private health care). The increase will apply to employed (include deemed employees) and self-employed individuals and partners earning above the class 1 primary…

5th August 2021 New NI Codes for Freeports

In case you thought the NI coding system was becoming too easy to follow, HMRC have announced 4 more NI codes in order to comply with the new regulations, starting in April 2022, for those companies trading within one of the newly established Freeport areas.   F – standard category letter I – married women…

8th April 2020 Changes to Employment Allowance

Employment Allowance can be claimed to reduce the amount of Employer National Insurance payable. The 2020/21 tax year has introduced the following changes to Employment Allowance: The allowance has been increased from £3,000 per year to £4,000 per year You can only claim the Employment Allowance if your total Secondary Class 1 National Insurance liability…

5th March 2020 Employment Allowance Reform

The Employer Allowance was first introduced in April 2014, giving employers a reduction of £2,000 against their Employer’s NIC bill.   This was further increased in value from April 2016 to £3,000 and in addition the scheme was reformed to exclude single-director companies.   It has remained at £3,000 ever since and is claimed via…

2nd October 2019 Class 2 National Insurance – HMRC’s ongoing issues

July 2015 saw the end of direct debit collection for Class 2 National Insurance. Contributions are now collected through self-assessment and, despite there being 4 years since the change in the way payments are made, HMRC are still having teething problems. The issues arise as HMRC are running two computer systems side by side: national…

10th September 2019 Employer allowance – is it worth the hassle?

The £3000.00 employer allowance ceases at the end of the current tax year. From April 2020 employers will have to re-apply for a di minimis state aid based allowance.   A new HMRC checklist will have to completed to declare the following;   NIC contributions in the previous tax year were beneath £100,000; Confirmation that…

3rd September 2019 National Payroll Week – Keeping the UK Paid

2019 marks the 21st Anniversary of National Payroll Week which is from 2 to 6 September 2019.   National Payroll Week recognises and celebrates the importance of payroll in business and the UK economy.  Not many people may know that there are 1.3 million employers in the UK and that Payroll is the largest expenditure…