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2017 Redundancy Payments and taxation

Redundancy Payments and tax liability

Termination and redundancy payments will be taxable, subject to a cap of £50,000.

All payments received in consequence of the termination of employment are taxable, regardless of whether such payments are contractual, statutory or voluntary.

However, the first £50,000 of redundancy payments and other payments for loss of office will be exempt from income tax.
 
The £50,000 excess does not apply to payments that are remuneration or deferred pay. This includes bonuses', holiday pay, payment in lieu of notice, gardening leave, payments while suspended from duties, pensions and other payments of a similar nature. All these payments are liable to income tax. An example is shown below.

Types of payment 

    £ 

Tax treatment

    £ 

Compensation for redundancy

60,000 

First £50,000 (max) of termination payment tax free 

10,000 

Salary 

5,000

Taxable

5,000 

Bonus

12,000 

Taxable

12,000 

Payment in lieu of notice 

10,000 

Taxable 

10,000 

Holiday pay 

1,000

Taxable 

1,000 

Total

88,000

Total subject to tax

38,000 

 

 

Employer deducts ITIS eg 16%

6,080 


In the example above, if the redundancy payment was £40,000 then this payment would be tax free, but all the other sums are still taxable in full. This would result in a total subject to tax of £28,000.

Injury, death and disability payments

Any payment made resulting from injury, death or disability is exempt from tax without limit.

Employers must deduct the individuals current effective rate percentage from any redundancy payment or other payment for loss of office or employment in excess of £50,000.

April 2017

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