NI Threshold changes from 6 July 2022
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HMRC has updated the guidance on changes to the National Insurance threshold due to come into effect from 6 July 2022
The Chancellor raised the National Insurance thresholds for the 2022-23 tax year in his Spring Statement in March. Employees and self-employed people will pay National Insurance contributions on a smaller portion of their income or profits as a result of this change.
What is the new National Insurance Threshold?
From 6 July 2022, the threshold will rise by £2,690 from £9,880 to £12,570, bringing the NICs and income tax thresholds into line for the first time and potentially leading to a merging of income tax and NICs into a single threshold.
How does the new National Insurance Threshold impact us?
The increase in the threshold will save workers on average £330 in taxes, although it was implemented three months into the new tax year, the actual average savings will be £267.
Resulting into the primary threshold rising from £190 to £242, however, the upper earnings cap will stay at £967. Over this point, all employees pay a lower rate of National Insurance.
Employees will pay National Insurance at a rate of 13.25% beginning April 6, 2022, as a result of the introduction of the health and social care levy, reflecting a 1.25% surcharge on employees and employers.
The tax burden, however, remains at its highest level in 40 years, thanks to the Chancellor’s decision to freeze the base tax-free allowance for three years, until 2025-26.
With the prime minister under fire from backbenchers, there have been calls for tax cuts, with the projected fall in the base income tax rate to 19% being introduced sooner rather than later. However, when the cost of living problem impacts low and moderate earners, reverting to an annual adjustment to the tax-free personal allowance would be appealing.
What is the National Insurance limit for self-employed people?
The National Insurance lower profits limit for self-employed people is also increasing, in line with the changes for employees. The annual lower profits limit will be set to £11,908 for 2022 to 2023. This is equivalent to 13 weeks of the threshold at £9,880 and 39 weeks at £12,570, mirroring the position for employees.
Self-employed people will also no longer be required to pay Class 2 National Insurance contributions on profits between the small profits threshold (£6,725) and lower profits limit (£11,908), but still be able to build National Insurance credits.
We will publish further information on the changes for self-employed taxpayers in due course.
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