National Insurance & Tax Information

National Minimum Wage
From April 2021
£8.91 National Living Wage for workers aged 23 and over
£8.36 for workers 21 to 22 years of age
£6.56 for 18 – 20 year olds
£4.62  under 18
£4.30 Apprentice Rate
National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
Statutory Payments

For the 2021 / 22 Tax Year

Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)  
Minimum weekly earnings to qualify £120.00
Weekly rate of SSP £96.35
Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP)
Minimum weekly earnings £120.00
Higher weekly rate for first 6 weeks 90 % of average weekly earnings (in the qualifying period)
Lower weekly rate for 33 weeks is the lesser of £151.97 or 90% of average weekly earnings

SMP is now paid for up to 39 weeks within this period an employee may have 10 keep in touch days (KIT) which will not effect the payment of SMP

Ordinary Statutory Paternity Pay (OSPP)
Minimum weekly earnings £120.00
Weekly rate for up to 2 weeks is the lesser of £151.97 or 90% of average weekly earnings
Statutory Adoption Pay (SAP)
Minimum weekly earnings £120.00
Weekly rate for up to 39 weeks Is now in line with SMP

All employers are entitled to recover 92% of the SMP/OSPP/SAP/ShPP they pay.

If you qualify for Small Employers Relief (annual liability for National Insurance less than £45,000) you are entitled to recover 103% of the SMP/OSPP/SAP/ShPP you pay.

See here for further details and up to date information

Student Loans

From April 2021

Plan 1 Student Loans
Student Loan Repayments are 9% of earnings above: £19 895 per annum
£1 657.91 per month
£382.59 per week
Plan 2 Student Loans
Student Loan Repayments are 9% of earnings above: £27 295 per annum
£2 274.58 per month
£524.90 per week
Plan 4 Student Loans
Student Loan Repayments are 9% of earnings above: £25 000 per annum
£2 083.33 per month
£480.76 per week
Post Graduate Loans
Student Loan Repayments are 6% of earnings above: £21 000 per annum
£1 750 per month
£403.84 per week

 

Rates and thresholds for employers 2021 to 2022 – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Income Tax

England and Northern Ireland

Allowances 2021 / 22 tax year
Personal Allowance £12 570 per year
Tax Rates Taxable Income
20% Up to £37 700  Basic Rate
40% over £37 701 up to £150,000 Higher Rate
45% over £150,000  Additional Rate

Higher rate threshold = £50 270

Scotland

Allowances 2021 / 22 tax year
Personal Allowance £12 570 per year
Tax Rates Taxable Income
19% Up to £2 097 Scottish Starter Rate
20% £2 098 to £12 726 Scottish Basic Rate
21% £12 727 to £31 092 Scottish Intermediate Rate
41%  £31 093 to £150 000 Scottish Higher Rate
46% over £150,001  Scottish Additional Rate

Higher rate threshold = £43 662

Wales

Allowances 2021 / 22 tax year
Personal Allowance £12 570 per year
Tax Rates Taxable Income
20% Up to £37 700  Welsh Basic Rate
40% over £37 701 up to £150,000 Welsh Higher Rate
45% over £150,001  Welsh Additional Rate

Higher rate threshold = £50 270

Please see here for further details.

National Insurance

National Insurance for 2021 / 2022

Employees
Lower Earnings Limit Primary Threshold
(12% contributions)
Upper Earnings Limit
(2% contributions)
Weekly £120 £184 £967
Monthly £520 £797 £4 189
Yearly £6 240 £9 568 £50 270
NI Category A Most Employees
NI Category C Employees over the state pension age, no employee contributions
NI Category H Apprentice under the age of 25
NI Category M Employees under 21
NI Category X Employees don’t have to pay National Insurance

These are the commonly used categories, for more information visit the HMRC website

Employers
Lower Earnings Limit Secondary Threshold
(13.8%)
Upper Secondary Threshold,
Apprentice Upper Secondary Threshold
(13.8%)
Upper Earnings Limit
(13.8%)
Weekly £120 £170 £967 £967
Monthly £520 £737 £4 189 £4 189
Yearly £6 240 £8 840 £50 270 £50 270
NI Category A Employers contribute 13.8% above the Secondary Threshold
NI Category C Employers contribute 13.8% above the Secondary Threshold
NI Category M No Employer contributions until the Upper Secondary Threshold
Ni Category H No Employer contributions until the Apprentice Upper Secondary Threshold
NI Category X No Contributions

The bands and rates are for the most commonly used categories, please visit the HMRC website for full details

 

Payroll Options have put this very simple guide together to give an indication of bands and contribution rates.  This should not be relied upon for calculations and for further guidance please contact us.