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The Child Support (Maintenance Calculations and Special Cases) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2001

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7.—(1) Subject to sub-paragraph (6), the net weekly income of the non-resident parent as a self-employed earner shall be his gross earnings calculated by reference to one of the following, as the Department may decide, less the deductions to which sub-paragraph (3) applies—

(a)the total taxable profits from self-employment of that earner as submitted to the Inland Revenue in accordance with their requirements by or on behalf of that earner; or

(b)the income from self-employment as a self-employed earner as set out on the tax calculation notice or, as the case may be, the revised notice.

(2) Where the information referred to in head (a) or (b) of sub-paragraph (1) is made available to the Department it may nevertheless require the information referred to in the other head from the non-resident parent and where the Department becomes aware that a revised notice has been issued it may require and use this in preference to the other information referred to in sub-paragraph (1)(a) and (b).

(3) This paragraph applies to the following deductions—

(a)any income tax relating to the gross earnings from the self-employment determined in accordance with sub-paragraph (4);

(b)any National Insurance contributions relating to the gross earnings from the self-employment determined in accordance with sub-paragraph (5); and

(c)any premiums paid by the non-resident parent in respect of a retirement annuity contract or a personal pension scheme or, where that scheme is intended partly to provide a capital sum to discharge a mortgage or a charge secured upon the parent’s home, 75 per centum of the contributions payable.

(4) For the purposes of sub-paragraph (3)(a), the income tax to be deducted from the gross earnings shall be determined in accordance with the following provisions—

(a)subject to head (d), an amount of gross earnings equivalent to any personal allowance applicable to the earner by virtue of the provisions of Chapter I of Part VII of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988 (personal reliefs) shall be disregarded;

(b)subject to head (c), an amount equivalent to income tax shall be calculated in relation to the gross earnings remaining following the application of head (a) (the “remaining earnings”);

(c)the tax rate applicable at the effective date shall be applied to all the remaining earnings, where necessary increasing or reducing the amount payable to take account of the fact that the earnings related to a period greater or less than one year; and

(d)the amount to be disregarded by virtue of head (a) shall be calculated by reference to the yearly rate applicable at the effective date, that amount being reduced or increased in the same proportion to that which the period represented by the gross earnings bears to the period of one year.

(5) For the purposes of sub-paragraph (3)(b), the amount to be deducted in respect of National Insurance contributions shall be the total of—

(a)the amount of Class 2 contributions (if any) payable under section 11(1) or, as the case may be, (3) of the Contributions and Benefits Act or the Great Britain Contributions and Benefits Act; and

(b)the amount of Class 4 contributions (if any) payable under section 15(2) of the Contributions and Benefits Act, or the Great Britain Contributions and Benefits Act,

at the rates applicable at the effective date.

(6) The net weekly income of a self-employed earner may only be determined in accordance with this paragraph where the earnings concerned relate to a period which terminated not more than 24 months prior to the relevant week.

(7) In this paragraph—

“tax calculation notice” means a document issued by the Inland Revenue containing information as to the income of the self-employed earner; and

“revised notice” means a notice issued by the Inland Revenue where there has been a tax calculation notice and there is a revision of the figures relating to the income of a self-employed earner following an enquiry under section 9A of the Taxes Management Act 1970(1) or otherwise by the Inland Revenue.

(8) Any request by the Department in accordance with sub-paragraph (2) for the provision of information shall set out the possible consequences of failure to provide such information, including details of the offences provided for in Article 16A of the Order(2) for failing to provide, or providing, false information.

(1)

1970 c. 9; section 9A was inserted by section 180 of the Finance Act 1994 (c. 9) and amended by section 133 and paragraph 2 of Schedule 19 to the Finance Act 1996 (c. 8)

(2)

Article 16A was inserted by section 13 of the Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Act (Northern Ireland) 2000

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