A number of the government’s tax and legislation changes that come into effect from today, 6 April, will have an impact on benefits.
From 6 April, the removal of the DRA means employers will not be able to issue notifications for compulsory retirement using the DRA procedure. After 1 October employers will not be able to use the DRA to compulsorily retire employees.
From 6 April, the requirement to buy an annuity by age 75 will be removed and be replaced with the new capped and flexible drawdown regime.
For employees, the Class 1 NI main rate is going up from 11% to 12% and the upper rate from 1% to 2%. Employers NI is increasing from 12.8% to 13.8%.
The annual allowance will be reduced from £255,000 in the 2010/11 tax year to £50,000 in the 2011/12 tax year.
From 6 April, the weekly amount that parents joining an employer-supported childcare scheme will be able to claim exempt from income tax and disregarded of national insurance (NI) contributions will remain at £55 for basic-rate taxpayers but will be reduced to £28 and £22 per week for higher and additional-rate taxpayers, respectively. All current users will be unaffected.
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