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National insurance

For tax year 2001/2002 the rate of employer&#39s Class 1 National Insurance contributions reduces from 12.2% to 11.9% as announced in the last Budget.
The threshold above which employers and employees pay contributions is aligned with the standard personal allowance, that is at £87 per week. In addition, the threshold above which the self-employed pay Class 4 contributions remains aligned with the standard personal allowance at £4,535.

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Pension planning pre April 5

TAX PLANNING AND THE DC TAX REGIME Pensions have always formed an essential part of a client&#39s end of tax year planning. Appropriate pension planning will be even more important in the lead up to 6 April 2001 as account will need to be taken of the provisions of the new DC tax regime which […]

360 investment firms in default in 2000

The Investors Compensation Scheme, which this month became a subsidiary of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme, declared 360 firms in default in 2000, the second highest annual figure since its inception in 1988.Since 1988 the ICS has paid out £238m to 19,300 consumers. The ICS will eventually be replaced by the FSCS.FSCS chief executive Suzanne […]

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