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# Managed Service Companies (MSC): Calculating the Employer’s Class 1 NICs

The last stage in the calculation of the Deemed Employment Payment (DEP) is to take the figure at Step Three and apportion it between the DEP and the Employer’s Class 1 NICs due on that payment. This section provides details of the two formulae for doing so.

If, at the time a payment or benefit is received by the worker, the amount of earnings paid by the MSC to the worker is greater than the employer’s earnings threshold for Employer’s Class 1 NICs at the time the payment or benefit is made, the DEP is equal to:

• the amount at Step Three multiplied by 100/(100+b), where b is the Employer’s Class 1 NICs percentage rate

Where, at the time a payment or benefit is received by the worker, the amount of earnings paid by the MSC to the worker is less than the employer’s earnings threshold at that date point, the DEP is equal to:

• ((y-(a-x))*100/(100+b))+(a-x), where:
 x = Earnings to date y = The amount at Step Three a = The Employer’s Class 1 NICs earnings threshold at the date the payment or benefit is received by the worker b = The Employer’s Class 1 NICs percentage rate

Example 1:

Ms G is a worker whose MSC makes a payment of £300 to her in week 1 of the 2007 to 2008 tax Year. The MSC also pays earnings from employment of £110, and these have been subject to PAYE. This produces the following figures:

 x = Earnings to date 110 y = The amount at Step Three 300 a = The Employer’s Class 1 NICs earnings threshold at the date the payment or benefit is received by the worker 100 b = The Employer’s Class 1 NICs percentage rate 12.8%

As the earnings of Ms G in Week 1 are greater than the Week 1 Employer’s Class 1 NICs earnings threshold, the whole of the amount at Step 3 is subject to Employer’s Class 1 NICs.

By applying the formula 100/ (100+b) (where b is the Employer’s Class 1 NICs percentage rate), we can establish that the DEP is equal to:

1. The amount from Step 3 (£300), multiplied by
2. 100/ (100+12.8)
3. The result is the amount of the deemed employment payment, £265.96
4. The amount of Employer’s Class 1 NICs is £34.04, which is the difference between the amount at Step 3, £300, and the DEP of £265.96.

Example 2

Using the same example as above, however this time Ms G receives no earnings from employment. The only payment received is £300, and this has not been treated as earnings from employment.

 x = Earnings to date 0 y = The amount at Step Three 300 a = The Employer’s Class 1 NICs earnings threshold at the date the payment or benefit is received by the worker 100 b = The Employer’s Class 1 NICs percentage rate 12.8%

Ms G’s earnings in Week 1 are less than the Week 1 Employer’s Class 1 NICs earnings threshold, as she has received no earnings from employment. An element of the amount at Step 3 will therefore not be subject to Employer’s Class 1 NICs.

We must use the formula ((y-(a-x)) x 100/ (100+b)) + (a-x):

1. ((300-(100-0))*100/ (100+12.8)) + (100-0)
2. ((300-100)*(100/112.8)) +100
3. The result of DEP Employment Payment
4. The Employer Class 1 NICs is £22.70, which is the difference between the amount at Step 3 (£300) and the amount of the DEP of £277.30.