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National Insurance for company directors

Directors are classed as employees and pay National Insurance on annual income from salary and bonuses that exceeds the Primary Threshold. The annual threshold is pro-rated this year following the increase to £12,570 from 6 July 2022 (£9,880 from 6 April 2022 – 5 July 2022).

Many director shareholders take a minimum salary and any balance of remuneration as dividends. This tends to reduce National Insurance Contributions (NICs), and in some case Income Tax. The planning strategy is to pay a salary at a level that qualifies the director for state benefits, including the State Pension, but does not involve payment of any NICs.
 
A director’s liability to NI is worked out based on their annual (or pro-rata annual) earnings. This differs from regular employees whose liability is calculated based on their actual pay period usually weekly or monthly.  Payments on account of a director’s NICs can be made in a similar way as for employees, however, an annual adjustment must be made at the end of the tax year.

Directors, who are first appointed during a tax year, are only entitled to a pro rata annual earnings band which depends on the actual date appointed and the amount of time remaining in the tax year. Care needs to be taken in these circumstances not to incur an unexpected liability to pay NIC.

There are a number of considerations to consider when setting the most tax/NIC efficient salary.

Source: HM Revenue & Customs Tue, 05 Jul 2022 00:00:00 +0100

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