Employment allowances changes

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The employment allowance was introduced in April 2014 by the government to reduce employer national insurance burdens for employers.  The allowance was originally worth up to £2,000, and was increased to £3,000 from 6 April 2016.  However the government announced that companies where the director is the only employee paid more than £156 per week would no
longer be able to benefit from the allowance.


For 2014/15 and 2015/16 single director companies had been able to set a salary at the personal allowance threshold, on which the amount of employees national insurance due (at 12%) was outweighed by the overall corporation tax saving (at 20%). 
This was due to the effect of the employment allowance.


Unfortunately for 2016/17 this is no longer possible for single director companies.  There is however a loophole within the new rules whereby if a company employs someone earning £157 or more per week (this could include your spouse or partner) then
the employment allowance is still available.


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