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4 Half-time quiz

How much in income tax and National Insurance Contributions (NICs) would be paid by someone earning £56,000 in 2021/22?

The tax-free personal allowance for the year was £12,570 and the rate of tax on incomes above this (and up to £50,270) was 20%. Above this level the higher rate of tax of 40% started to apply.

NICs were payable at 12% on earnings over £9,568 and at 2% on earnings above £50,270.

Information about income tax is provided in Section 2 and details about NICs are given in Section 3.

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Half-time quiz

Income from employment or pension £56,000
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Answer

Income from employment or pension £56,000
Minus personal allowance £12,570
Leaves taxable pay of £43,430
Basic rate 20% on £37,700 £7,540
Higher rate 40% on £5,730 £2,292
Tax to be paid in the year 2021/22 £9,832
Income from employment £56,000
Threshold for paying National Insurance contributions (NICs) £9,568
NICs 12% on £40,702 £4,884.24
NICs 2% on £5,730 £114.60
NICs to be paid in the year 2021/22 £4,998.84

Note that NICs are not paid on pensions.