Budget 2008


Personal Income Tax

Tax Credits

National Insurance Contributions


Savings & Investments

Capital Gains Tax

Stamp Duty Land Tax

Inheritance Tax

Corporation Tax

Business Tax

Value Added Tax

Other Measures

Tax Tables

National Insurance

National Insurance Contributions

Rates and limits (Table D)

The percentage rates of NIC remain unchanged. There are small increases in the thresholds and also in the flat rate weekly payments under Classes 2 and 3.

The most striking change is a significant increase in the upper limit at which employee contributions drop from 11% to 1% and self-employed contributions drop from 8% to 1%. It was announced last year that this upper limit is to be aligned with the higher rate income tax threshold, probably in 2009/10. The increase widens the 11% band from £29,615 to £34,605: someone with high earnings will pay £499 extra on salary or £350 extra on self-employed profits as a result in 2008/09.

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