Press release

National insurance holiday for new businesses in the regions begins

Today a new regional National Insurance Contributions (NICs) holiday for new businesses came into effect.

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Today a new regional National Insurance Contributions (NICs) holiday for new businesses came into effect.

New business set up outside London, the South East and East of England will be eligible for a holiday worth up to £5,000 for up to the first ten employees they hire in their first year of business. This means a maximum saving on their national insurance payments of up to £50,000.

The scheme will run for three years. It is estimated that 400,000 new businesses will benefit by having a lower tax bill from employing new staff.

New businesses established since the announcement in the Budget on 22 June, and which meet the qualifying criteria, will also be eligible to apply.

The regional NICs holiday, announced in the June Budget, will encourage the creation of private sector jobs in regions reliant on public sector employment by reducing the cost to new business of employing staff.

Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, David Gauke:

We need to rebalance our economy which has become over reliant on public spending and jobs provided by the public sector.

The NICs holiday for new businesses in addition to cuts in corporation tax will  provide a valuable boost to start up businesses and help foster the private sector led recovery that will drive growth in the UK over the coming years.

Notes for editors

  1. The Regional Employer NICs Holiday for New Businesses was announced by the Chancellor at the June 2010 Budget.

  2. For more information on the National Insurance Contribution Holiday from the 6 September you can go to the HMRC website.

  3. Employers will be able to make holiday deductions each time they are due to make monthly or quarterly payments to HMRC.

  4. Most kinds of new business will be eligible for the holiday, providing they employ staff and meet certain criteria, which are set out in the detailed HMRC guidance.

  5. HMRC published a technical note on the National Insurance Holiday on 27 August.

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Published 6 September 2010