Claiming the employment allowance

Source: HM Revenue & Customs | | 29/08/2018

The employment allowance of £3,000 per year, is available to most businesses and charities to be offset against their employers Class 1 NIC bill. The allowance can be claimed as part of the normal payroll process.

An employer can claim less than the maximum if this will cover their total Class 1 NIC bill. Eligible employers that have not yet done so can still claim for the current tax year (as well as make a backdated claim for one further tax year).

The eligibility to claim the employment allowance was removed for limited companies with a single director and no other employees, from April 2016. As the allowance was introduced as an inventive to take on staff, it was felt unfair that companies with a single director and no employees should benefit from the allowance.

There are a number of other excluded categories where employers cannot claim the employment allowance.

These include:

  • Persons employed for personal, household or domestic work, such as a nanny or au pair (unless they are a care or support worker);
  • A public body or business doing more than half your work in the public sector;
  • A service company working under ‘IR35 rules’ and your only income is the earnings of the intermediary.


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