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Changes to NIC from January 2024

14 December 2023

UK cuts Class 1 NICs by 2% from Jan 6, 2024, aiding 27 million employees with savings up to £754. Immediate benefits for earners, including those at £35,400. HM Treasury cites examples with gains of £600 to £900.

A reminder: The government will reduce the main rate of Class 1 Employee National Insurance contributions (NIC) starting from January 6, 2024. This change will see Class 1 NICs reduced by 2% from 12% to 10% in changes set to benefit some 27 million employees.

The reduction changes will only apply to annual earnings between £12,570 and £50,270, meaning that the maximum saving is £754 a year. The average worker bringing home £35,400 will be £450 better off. As the Class 1 NIC rate will be reduced from 6 January 2024, employees will see a benefit before the start of the next tax year. Usually, such changes would only take effect from the start of the new tax year.

The policy paper released by HM Treasury on these changes also highlighted further examples of the savings this will create. We have listed these examples below.

  • A senior nurse with 5 years of experience on £42,618 will receive an annual gain of £600.
  • An average full-time nurse on £38,900 will receive an annual gain of over £520.
  • An average police officer on £44,300 will receive an annual gain of over £630.
  • A typical junior doctor on £63,000 will receive an annual gain of over £750.
  • A cleaner working night shifts on £21,000 will receive a gain of £170.
  • A typical self-employed plumber on £34,400 will receive an annual gain of £410.
  • An average teacher on £44,300 will receive an annual gain of over £630.
  • A hard-working family with 2 earners on the average earnings of £35,404 will be £900 better off.
Source: HM Treasury Tue, 12 Dec 2023 00:00:00 +0100

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