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The Budget 2010: employers and pension providers

Tuesday 22 June 2010

Main announcements for employers and pension providers:

All other announcements for Employers and Pension Providers

Regional Employer NICs Holiday for New Businesses

On 22 June 2010 the Budget Report stated:

'The Government will shortly announce details of a scheme to help new businesses in targeted areas of the UK that need it most. During a three year qualifying period, new businesses which start up in these areas will get a substantial reduction in their employer National Insurance contributions (NICs).

Within the qualifying period, these employers will not have to pay the first £5,000 of Class 1 employer NICs due in the first twelve months of employment. This will apply for each of the first ten employees hired in the first year of business and operate in selected countries and regions.

Subject to meeting the necessary legal requirements, the scheme is intended to start no later than September 2010. Any new business set up from 22 June 2010 which meets the criteria set out in the forthcoming announcement will benefit from the scheme.'

The countries and regions which will benefit will be Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, the North East, Yorkshire and the Humber, the North West, the East Midlands, the West Midlands and the South West.

Further information:

Regional employer National Insurance contributions Holiday for New Businesses - Technical Note, Draft Legislation and Explanatory Notes (PDF 139K)

Regional Employer NICs holiday for new businesses - Questions and Answers June 2010

Update: Full guidance on Employer NICs holiday now available on the Business Link website (Opens new window)

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Pensions - annual allowance

The Government has today (22 June 2010) announced it is considering restricting pensions tax relief from 6 April 2011, by reforming the existing pension savings allowances, principally by significantly reducing the annual allowance. The Government will discuss the changes with interested parties but provisional analysis has suggested that the level of a reformed annual allowance may be in the region of £30,000 to £45,000.

The reformed allowances would replace the high income excess relief charge, which currently is due to come into force on 6 April 2011. Legislation will be brought in to allow the high income excess relief charge legislation to be repealed.

Further information:

HM Treasury has published more information here (PDF 115K) (Opens new window).

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PAYE - Review

The Pay As You Earn (PAYE) system is a fundamental part of the UK tax system. The Government wishes to explore how it could be improved in order to reduce costs and make the system easier for employers and HM Revenue & Customs to administer. As an initial step, the Government intends to consult with employers and payroll providers in the summer on mechanisms that could support more frequent or real time PAYE data.

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