By Ron Howells • 04 September 2021 • 15:09
National Insurance could be paid by pensioners in tax move to cover rising costs of social care.
National Insurance could be paid by pensioners in the Uk AND Spain in a tax move to cover the rising costs of social care.
A shock tax move could see pensioners being charged National Insurance payments in the UK and British expats in Spain in a bid to boost Government coffers in the face of rising social care costs in the country.
Experts believe that Boris Johnson is considering spreading the burden of the care crisis and NHS treatment waiting lists onto people above the Station Pension age – currently, the point where most people stop having to make payments.
The Government is already expected to announce a National Insurance increase for 25 million workers next week, reports the Express.
This morning, Saturday, September 4, the Conservatives leaked a plan to increase National Insurance (NI) by either one or 1.25 percent for everybody of working age – a move the party ruled out in its 2019 election manifesto.
Sir Andrew Dilnot, who led a cross-party commission on care funding, has previously suggested making people over retirement age pay NI towards the annual £10billion cost of overhauling the UK’s care system.
Experts feel the Prime Minister may now take that option in a move that could hit millions in the UK and the hundreds and thousand sof British expats living in Spain and abroad.
Currently, people stop paying National Insurance when they reach State Pension age, unless they are self-employed and pay Class 4 contributions.
Steven Cameron, pensions director at insurer Aegon, said charging workers more National Insurance while pensioners do not pay “would look hard to justify on intergenerational fairness grounds”.
Shaun Moore, tax and financial planning expert at Quilter, agreed that this would appear unfair, hitting those on lower incomes and the young while wealthier pensioners escape the extra tax charge.
Removing the National Insurance exemption for pensioners “would at least make it seem that everyone is in the same boat”, Moore added.
Hargreaves Lansdown’s personal finance analyst Sarah Coles said by choosing to increase National Insurance, the Government is placing the burden of paying for social care squarely on the shoulders of younger people.
This may prove politically controversial and this could force the Government to go a step further. “It could be the precursor to making National Insurance payable on earned income over State Pension age too.”
One option is to charge NI on those who continue to work after the State Pension age -this could see them paying an extra £1,252 a year.
A more drastic – although less likely – move would see people paying NI on their retirement income too, including money from pensions.
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Ron actually started his working career as an Ophthalmic Technician- things changed when, during a band rehearsal, his amplifier blew up and he couldn’t get it fixed so he took a course at Birmingham University and ended up doing a degree course. He built up a chain of electronics stores and sold them as a franchise over 35 years ago. After five years touring the world Ron decided to move to Spain with his wife and son, a place they had visited over the years, and only bought the villa they live in because it has a guitar-shaped swimming pool!.
Playing the guitar since the age of 7, he can often be seen, (and heard!) at beach bars and clubs along the length of the coast. He has always been interested in the news and constantly thrives to present his articles in an interesting and engaging way.
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