NIC Implications and the High Income Benefit Charge

The high income benefit charge was introduced on 7 January 2013 to restrict the availability of child benefit to high earners and their partners. Essentially, where one partner earns more than £50,000, HMRC will claw back the child benefit paid. The amount clawed back will be 1% of the benefit paid for every £100 of … Continue reading NIC Implications and the High Income Benefit Charge

Class 2 Voluntary Contributions

Although the self-employed heaved a sigh of relief when the Chancellor reversed his decision to raise the rate of Class 4 NIC recently, other changes in the structure of National Insurance will give cause for concern, particularly for those with low earnings. The abolition of the self-employed stamp (Class 2 NIC) from April 2018 means … Continue reading Class 2 Voluntary Contributions

Deadline Dates – April 2015

1 April 2015 Payment of corporation tax liabilities for SMEs account period ended 30 June 2014 where payment is not made by instalments. Reduction in main rate of corporation tax to 20%. Small profits rate is abolished except for ring-fence profits. Change to emission thresholds for business cars (zero rate ends). Application to defer Class … Continue reading Deadline Dates – April 2015

National Insurance – A Class Act

National Insurance was introduced in the UK as long ago as 1911, initially as a contributory fund to provide benefits in the event of incapacity due to sickness or unemployment. Over the years, the scheme has been broadened to include provision of a wide range of social security benefits, and, in particular, as a way of … Continue reading National Insurance – A Class Act