UK: Termination payment costs to change in April 2020

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The cost of termination payments for United Kingdom employers could increase from 6 Apr 2020 when employers will have to pay National Insurance Contributions (NICs) of 13.8% on any part of an employee’s termination payment exceeding £30,000. Currently, employers only pay income tax on payments to compensate employees for employment loss if the amount exceeds £30,000. The introduction of NICs on termination payments was announced by the government in 2017, but its implementation was postponed from 2018 until 2020.  

Employers should adjust their payroll processes — and factor in the change — when negotiating termination payments after 6 April.  

Fiona Webster
by Fiona Webster

Principal, Mercer’s Law & Policy Group

Stephanie Rosseau
by Stephanie Rosseau

Principal, Mercer’s Law & Policy Group

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