If you share information about the salary of household members, we can use this to estimate the amount of National insurance tax that you will pay, and forecast how that will change over the next 12 months.

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You can provide us with information about your household salaries and we use this as the basis for our forecast. But if we don’t, then we calculate an assumed forecast based on the median UK full-time salary.

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# How our calculation works

National insurance is a tax paid as a percentage of your income, which varies in 3 bands:

1. Below the primary threshold, you pay £0 tax
2. Between the primary and secondary threshold, you pay the main rate.
3. For any earnings above the secondary threshold, you pay the additional rate.

These thresholds and rates change in April and July 2022.

To calculate your NI contribution increase, we split your salary into 12 months, then for each month we break it into the 3 bands and calculate the tax you will pay in each band.

This gives us your monthly total NI contribution, which we sum over the year and compare to your NI last year to calculate your increase.

### Current rates

Band Apr ‘21 - Apr ‘22 Apr ‘22 - July ‘22 July ‘22 - Apr ‘23
Below primary threshold : 0% <£797pcm : 0% <£823pcm : 0% <£1,047pcm : 0%
Primary threshold: Main rate <£4,189pcm : 12% <£4,189pcm : 13.25% <£4,189pcm : 13.25%
Secondary threshold: Additional rate >£4,189pcm : 2.5% >£4,189pcm : 3.25% >£4,189pcm : 3.25%

# Assumptions we make

1. You are paid a salary and make category A national insurance contributions.
• This will not be true if:
• You are self employed
• You make voluntary national insurance contributions
• You fall into any of the following categories:
• Married women/widows eligible pre 1977
• Employees over state pension age
• Employees who can defer National Insurance because they’re already paying it in another job
• Apprentices under 25
• Employees under 21
• Employees who don't pay NI (eg under 16s)
• A full list of exemptions from category A can be found here.
2. The announced increase in the lower threshold will come into effect from July 2022
1. It is currently a bill being passed through parliament, so not confirmed
3. Your salary was constant last year and will be next year