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Welfare Reform and Pensions Act 1999


Measures introduced in the Social Security Act 1998 provide that, from 6 April 1999, employers can settle the National Insurance liability on a Pay As You Earn Settlement Agreement (PSA) for tax purposes. This introduced a new class of National Insurance contributions known as Class 1B.

The percentage rate of Class 1B NICs was initially set at the same level as the rate of secondary (employer) contributions, but was capable of being varied independently of the secondary Class 1 rate.

This section ties the rate of Class 1B directly to the rate of secondary (employer) contributions, thus taking away the ability for it to be varied independently of that rate.

Section 78 makes corresponding provision for Northern Ireland.

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