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Budget 2017 - So will the Chancellor be sacked?

The Chancellor's humour today peppered around some dry, but important, statistics won't prevent today's headline being all about the self employed Class 4 national insurance increase from 9% to 10% in April 2018 and 11% from April 2019. 

 

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Autumn Statement - AKA The Pre-Budget Budget

Today's Autumn Statement was more of a mini Budget than usual. Presumably due to the recent pressure being applied by the opposition.

The good news for businesses is that taking on an under 21 year old won't cost you any national insurance, but only from April 2015. In the meantime, if you can't wait, you can employ anyone on up about £22k (or more than one person on lower salaries) from April 2014, and, under a previously announced measure, this won't cost you any national insurance either. Both rules will continue into April 2015, so you could arrange your workforce to cost you no national insurance at all.

It has at last been recognised that small retailers need help in competing against the Internet. Potentially, the most valuable relief is a 50% reduction in rates when re-occupying an empty property. Being able to pay rates in monthly instalments may also be helpful for some.

 

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#Tax Myth 5 - You have to pay national insurance to earn a state pension

Employees who earn at least £107 per week or £464 per month for a full tax year will be achieving a credit towards the 30 years they need in order to earn a basic state pension.

At these earnings there is no national insurance to pay by you or your employer. Your employer may be your own company.

Therefore, you aren't paying anything to earn a state pension.

 

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