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The National Insurance threshold increase and what it means for you

by Madaline Dunn

In the midst of numerous cost of living hikes, it’ll likely be comforting to learn that as of 6th July, millions of people will be slightly better off as a result of the National Insurance (NI) threshold increase.

At The Salary Calculator, we’ll walk you through:

  • How much the threshold has been increased by
  • Why the threshold increase is happening
  • How this will affect people
  • How to check what difference it will make to your take home

How much has the threshold increased by?

From 6th July 2022, the threshold for National Insurance contributions increased from £9,880 to £12,570. This means that people will now have to earn additional £2,690 before paying towards National Insurance.

Why has the threshold been increased

Back in April, the government announced that despite the cost of living crisis continuing to worsen, NI would be increasing by an additional 1.25% in an effort to aid NHS recovery, and fund the Government’s share of social care. However, the government has now raised the NI threshold as part of what it’s called the Chancellor’s “wider vision for a lower tax economy.”

How will this affect people?

This threshold increase means that some people will see a boost in their July pay packets. Experts have outlined that those earning around £31,500, or less will notice the most significant difference. Moreover, the UK government has said that almost 30 million working people will benefit overall, with the average worker saving over £330 in the year from July.

According to a previous statement by the government, 70% of NI paying workers will pay less, and 2.2 million people will no longer be required to pay NICs as a result. According to figures by HW Fisher, those earning £14,000, will save around £342.37 a year, meanwhile those on £20,000 will see savings of £267.36.

A more in depth comparison of how the situation has fluctuated in recent months shows that someone earning £20,000 would have been faced with a monthly NI payment of around £104 before April. This then rose to £112 following the hike and now, as a result of the July changes, will drop to approximately £82.

That said, while any money saved is arguably a win, it’s important to put the savings into a broader context, Alice Haine, personal finance analyst at investment platform Bestinvest, for example, has noted that the £330 workers will save, “won’t stretch far when you realise that only equates to £27.50 a month”.

While Haine outlined that for some, £27.50 could be the difference between “having dinner every night and sometimes going without,” for many it will “barely make a dent in their budgets as they struggle to pay the household bills amid rampant inflation as soaring food, fuel and energy prices become the norm.”

Stevie Heafford, tax partner at accountancy firm HW Fisher, echoed similar sentiments and when asked if it will help to solve the current crisis, he said: “The very short answer is, no. Those with lower income will save more in pure monetary terms, but they will be more exposed to the general increases in cost of living as they are less likely to have any sort of ‘buffer’.”

How can you check what difference it will make?

You can review how much of a difference this will make to your take home pay by heading over to The Salary Calculator, where you will be able to figure out exactly how much you’ll save.

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Wednesday, July 13th, 2022 Economy, National Insurance No Comments

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