Monthly Archives: February 2022

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National Insurance Update

The Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme expires on 17th March.

All claims for absences through COVID up to 17 March must be submitted to HMRC by 24 March which is of course an extremely tight deadline.

If we process your payroll and you would like us to assist with submitting claims for any members of staff who have been off sick with COVID, could you please let us have your details as soon as possible.

If you process these claims yourselves and you have relevant claim to make, please note that the time limit is extremely tight indeed.

It will not be possible to claim Statutory Sick Pay for employees who were absent from work due to coronavirus related or self-isolation absences that occur after 17 March 2022.

From 25 March normal SSP rules will return meaning that you will not be able to make a claim from HMRC in respect of any staff who are absent from work with illness.

National Insurance rate increase

We are sure that you are already aware of it but the rate of National Insurance both employees and employers and Dividend Tax will increase by 1.25% from 6 April 2022 in order to contribute towards the cost of the Health and Social Care Levy.

This increase is being processed as National Insurance for the time being but in the following tax year will give rise to separate entry on payslips and be denominated as the Health and Social Care Levy as distinct from National Insurance.

To that end, people whose dividend income is considerably short of the thresholds which increase a rate rise of income tax, should consider taking additional dividends before 5 April to mitigate liabilities.

The rate of Dividend Tax after 6 April for basic rate taxpayers will be 8.75%, for higher rate taxpayers will be 33.75% and for people whose income is more than £150,000 will be an eye watering 39.35% and that is after Corporation Tax of 19% (rising to 25%) has already been paid.

This will mean that very successful entrepreneurs operating through a company will next year pay tax at 64.35% at the top rate whereas employees on similar income will pay 47% – a point that the Chancellor does not seem to understand.

If you have any questions relating to the change in National Insurance and Dividend Tax Rates or the operation of sick pay recovery, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Revenue Close Phone lines

Please note that HMRC are closing their VAT and corporation tax phone lines on Fridays for the foreseeable future to enable them to catch up with the backlog of post.

Therefore, please do not phone HMRC about these two taxes on Fridays as you will simply just not get through!

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The Martlet Partnership LLP gives you even more

We are proud of our local roots and enjoy being part of the thriving Worthing community. Whilst many of our clients are local we also serve clients from further afield. Wherever they are based and whatever they need, our focus is always on providing excellent advice and support, underpinned by great service.

What you might not know, is that we, and our clients, benefit from being part of the UK200Group, a group of chartered accountancy and law firms from across the UK and around the world.

Being part of the UK200Group means we have additional support, services, and expertise to offer to clients. Not many other local firms can offer this depth and breadth.

To illustrate:

· We are part of an extensive worldwide network which means that our clients have the very ‘best of breed’ support no matter how complex or straightforward their needs.

· We adhere to very strict quality and assurance standards which means you can sleep easy knowing that all advice and services are meeting high standards, each and every time.

· We get even more training than your average firm, it’s part of the commitment we make when joining the UK200Group. Which means … we are bang up to date on latest legislation, trends and best practice. Over the past 2 years in particular, with so many changes due to the pandemic and Brexit, we know how much our clients have valued this.

If you are someone who we have helped in the past – thank you for your support. If you haven’t yet benefited from our help, please do get in touch, we’d love to see how we can help you.

Below is a leaflet that explains a few of the other ways in which our membership of the UK200group benefits all our clients. To read more about the UK200Group click here –

Contact Us

The Martlet Partnership LLP
Martlet House
E1 Yeoman Gate
Yeoman Way
West Sussex
BN13 3QZ

Tel.: +44 (0) 1903 600555
Fax.: +44 (0) 1903 600828