On 7th September 2021, the government announced a new 1.25% Health and Social Care Levy to fund the NHS and social care. 

The levy will be effectively introduced from April 2022 when National Insurance Contributions (NICs) for working-age employees, self-employed individuals and employers will increase by 1.25% and be added to the current NHS allocation. 

To ensure taxpayers recognise that their increased contribution is supporting public services, HMRC are encouraging all employers to send out a communication to their employees or clients highlighting this change. This should help employees to gain a better understanding of the uplift, detailing what their increased NICs will be used for.

HMRC are asking employers and payroll agents, where possible, to add a message onto payslip templates. The message applies to all payslips for the tax year 2022-23 and should read “1.25% uplift in NICs funds NHS, Health and Social Care”.

Adding a default payslip message

From 22/23 version 25.00.06, Qtac supports the ability to add a default payslip message to payslips. The message defined will automatically populate payslips produced for all companies.

To configure the message, navigate to Admin > System Options within the Qtac product and specify the message you wish to provide.