Insights

Business and Accounting Information

National Insurance increase to fund NHS and social care

The Prime Minister announced increases in National Insurance Contributions (NIC) of 1.25% from April 2022, to contribute to increases in the NHS and social care budgets. The increases will apply to: Class 1 contributions (paid by employees). This

The Prime Minister announced increases in National Insurance Contributions (NIC) of 1.25% from April 2022, to contribute to increases in the NHS and social care budgets.

The increases will apply to:

  • Class 1 contributions (paid by employees). This is the NIC that is deducted from your earnings by your employer.
  • Class 4 (paid by self-employed). These contributions are added to your annual Self-Assessment statement.
  • Secondary Class 1 (paid by employers). Employer's NIC contributions are paid as part of the regular PAYE/NIC payments unless they are covered by the present £4,000 employment allowance.  

This increase will need to be factored into employers' budgets from April 2022. Self-employed persons will not see the impact of the increase until their Self-Assessment for 2022-23 is completed. 

From April 2023, these increases will be incorporated into a new Levy. Existing NICs reliefs to support employers will apply to the Levy. Companies employing apprentices under the age of 25, all people under the age of 21, veterans and employers in Freeports will not pay the Levy for these employees as long as their yearly gross earnings are less than £50,270, or £25,000 for new Freeport employees. The Levy will be administered by HMRC and collected by the current channels for NICs – Pay As You Earn and Income Tax Self-Assessment. The Levy, including the temporary NICs increase in 2022, will be legislated for shortly.

Source: HM Revenue & Customs Wed, 08 Sep 2021 00:00:00 +0100

Latest News

Outdoor measures to be made permanent

Outdoor measures to be made permanent

Temporary measures that have given a huge boost to high streets and hospitality during the pandemic could be made permanent following a public consultation launched in September 2021.

From marquees being put up in pub grounds, to street markets

Pension triple-lock abandoned for one year

Pension triple-lock abandoned for one year

The government has confirmed that its triple-lock guarantee on pensions is to be abandoned for one year. The guarantee was first introduced in 2010 and has remained in place until now. This guarantee has seen the full yearly State Pension increase by

Capped social care costs from October 2023

Capped social care costs from October 2023

The government has announced new plans to cap social care costs in England from October 2023. This change is expected to see the introduction of a new £86,000 cap on care costs across an individual’s lifetime.

There will also be the following