Tax & admin · 8 February 2018

Self-employed welcome latest commitment to abolish NIC increases

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The small business community has welcomed the government’s commitment to permanently put on hold plans to increase national insurance contributions (NICs) for the self-employed.

Following a proposal set out in last year’s Taylor review into modern employment practices, the government’s newly published Good Work plan has confirmed that self-employed people will no longer be subjected to NIC increases.

Calling the move a watershed moment? for the self-employed, national chairman at the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), Mike Cherry, called on the government to follow up its commitment by delivering on its pledge to abolish Class Two NICs for the self-employed.

Cherry said: As it takes forward Matthew Taylor’s recommendations, we look forward to working with the government to ensure that the genuinely self-employed receive the protections and rights they’re due.

that includes tackling challenges the self-employed face when applying for mortgages and insurance products. it’s disappointing that these challenges have once again not received a mention.

In November last year, HMRC announced that abolition of Class Two NICs for self-employed people would be pushed back to April 2019. A popular policy amongst small business owners, the abolition was first announced by the chancellor, Phillip Hammond, at last year’s Spring Budget.


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Commenting on the Good Work plan’s commitment to scrapping NIC increases, Julia Kermode, head of the Freelancer and Contractor Services Association (FCSA) trade association providing support to UK freelancers and contractors said: We are glad to see no [government] move here.



Fred Heritage was previously deputy editor at Business Advice. He has a BA in politics and international relations from the University of Kent and an MA in international conflict from Kings College London.