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Rates and Thresholds

The new Government Rates for the Tax Year 2020-21 come in to effect on 6th April.

Tax and National Insurance Thresholds

Lower Earnings Limit £120 gross per week or less If you pay your employee the LEL or below, there is nothing due to HMRC and your employee will not be entitled to any state pensions or benefits.
Bracket between Lower Earnings Limit and NI Threshold Between £120 - £169 gross per week If you pay your employee between these figures there is nothing due to HMRC, however you should still register so your employee will be entitled to state pension and benefits.
Employer's (Secondary) NI Threshold £169 gross per week or more If you pay your employee £169 or more you must register and pay Employer’s NI.
Employee's (Primary) NI Threshold £183 gross per week or more If you pay your employee £183 or more you must now deduct National Insurance on behalf of your employee, as well as pay Employer’s NI.
Tax Threshold Over £240 gross per week If you pay your employee £240 or more you must now also deduct tax on from your employee.
Tax and NI Payments
If your Tax and NI bill is below £1500 per month you will have to pay the Tax and NI to HMRC on a quarterly basis. Be aware that late payments can result in hefty fines and interest being applied.
Payment Deadlines

19 January 19 April 19 July 19 October
If your monthly liability bill exceeds £1500 per month you must pay HMRC every month.
National Minimum Wage (NMW)

From 6 April 2019

Under 18£4.55
Age 18-20 £6.45 per hour gross
Age 21-24 £8.20 per hour gross
Age 25+ £8.72 per hour gross
Offset Allowance £57.40 per 7-day week

Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP)

The first 6 weeks of SMP is paid at 90% of the employee's gross earnings. The remaining weeks of the maternity pay period (up to a maximum of 33 weeks) are paid at the rate of £151.20 gross per week, or 90% of the employee's gross weekly earnings, whichever is lower.

Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)

£95.85 gross per week The first 3 consecutive days of illness are unpaid. SSP starts on the fourth consecutive day of illness, up to 28 weeks

Automatic enrolment earnings threshold

Using our default service, we calculate the pension contribution on the earnings between the lower and upper earnings limit. This is referred to as qualifying earnings. The pension contribution is 4% employee and 3% employer of the qualifying earnings, with 1% tax relief added directly into the pension scheme by the government.

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