Policy paper

Draft legislation: Termination awards

This draft legislation is about reforming the tax and National Insurance contributions (NICs) treatment of termination payments

Documents

Draft legislation: Termination awards

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Explanatory notes to the Termination awards

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The government announced at Budget 2016 that it would be reforming the tax and NICs treatment of termination payments. Currently, certain forms of termination payments are exempt from employee and employer NICs and the first £30,000 is Income Tax free.

A tax information and impact note has also been published.

Update

On 2 November 2017 the government announced that the introduction of the National Insurance Contributions Bill will be delayed.

The introduction of employer NICs on termination payments above £30,000 will now take effect from 6 April 2019 rather than 6 April 2018.

Published 5 December 2016