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Social Security Pensions Act 1975

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27Contracted-out rates of Class 1 contributions

(1)Where the earnings paid to or for the benefit of an earner in any tax week are in respect of an employment which is contracted-out employment at the time of the payment, the amount of a Class 1 contribution shall be the aggregate of—

(a)the normal percentage of so much of the earnings paid in that week in respect of the employment as does not exceed the current lower earnings limit; and

(b)the contracted-out percentage of so much of those earnings as exceeds that limit but does not exceed the current upper earnings limit.

(2)In subsection (1) above—

  • " the normal percentage " means the percentage that would apply for the calculation of the amount of the contribution if the employment were not contracted-out employment;

  • " the contracted-out percentage " means—

    (a)

    in the case of a primary Class 1 contribution, a percentage less by 2.5 than the normal percentage ;

    (b)

    in the case of a secondary Class 1 contribution, a percentage less by 4.5 than the normal percentage.

(3)In the case of earners paid otherwise than weekly the references in subsection (1) above to the current lower or upper earnings limit shall be construed as references to the prescribed equivalents.

(4)Where earnings are paid to or for the benefit of an earner in respect of an employment after he has ceased to be employed in it, that employment shall be treated for the purposes of subsection (1) above as contracted-out employment at the time when the earnings are paid if it was contracted-out employment in relation to the earner when he was last employed in it.

(5)This section shall not affect the amount of any primary Class 1 contribution which is payable at a reduced rate by virtue of regulations under section 3 above.

(6)For the purposes of section 1(5) of the principal Act (Treasury supplement to contributions calculated by reference to contributions paid in a tax year) contributions paid in accordance with this section in any tax year shall be treated as having amounted to such sum as would have been their amount if they had been paid at the rates applicable apart from this section; and that sum shall be estimated by the Secretary of State in accordance with any directions given by the Treasury.

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