National Insurance rising to 13.25% – how much more will you have to pay to HMRC in 2022?

Martin Lewis discusses the National Insurance increase

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News that National Insurance (NI) contributions will rise for millions of Britons in April has angered campaigners who say it should be scrapped as taxpayers are already struggling to make ends meet in what has been called “the year of the squeeze”. What’s more, people who have reached state pension age will be forced to fork out for the levy from next year.

John O’Connell, Chief Executive of the Taxpayers’ Alliance said: “Now is not the time for MPs to get a pay rise.”

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He continued: “Politicians’ pay should be linked to the country’s economic performance to show we’re all in it together.”

A decision on MPs pay rise is due imminently. Last year it was ditched but that’s no guarantee that it will happen again.

In real terms, the National Insurance tax increase will mean that the average worker will pay an extra £255 in taxes every year.

On top of that, the 1.25 percent Health and Social Care levy will have to be paid by pensioners who are already struggling to pay their bills.

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How much will National Insurance rise from April 2022?

The new rate of 13.25 percent will apply to both employed and self employed Britons.

In real terms it means that an employee earning £20,000 a year will have to fork out an extra £130.

People on a £50,000 salary will have to find an additional £505. Individuals earning £9,564 or less a year, won’t have to pay the hike.

However, millions of workers will be affected including workers who have reached state pension age from April 2023.

The change will raise £12billion a year to help fund social costs.

These plans have infuriated pensioners, many who have taken to Express.co.uk to voice their anger.

PaulC said: “Not only are they reducing the state pension (in real terms) they are also charging pensioners the additional NI.”

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He continued: “The State Pension is half the minimum wage so needs to be increased by 10 percent above inflation for 10 years to match the minimum wage.

“We have the worst pension provision in Europe even though we pay into it for 50 years.”

Another reader, WilliamR2 said: “I worked for 49 years paying national insurance and had the benefit of private health care for a number of years as well as paying maximum NI and my employer paying unlimited NI contributions on my behalf.

“My employment subsidised my health care on which I was taxed. Now I feel that I am being robbed by them charging me more national insurance.”

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