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Budget 2016: Amendments to taxation of termination payments

Anyone who has ever been party to a settlement agreement will most likely be aware that an employee gets the first £30,000 of any termination payment tax-free, with any excess subjected to income tax as normal. The current position is that, even for the portion of a termination payment which exceeds the threshold and is taxable, National Insurance Contributions (NICs) are not payable.

Without Prejudice: Subject to Contract

The High Court found that a settlement letter from an employer to an employee and the employee’s subsequent letter of acceptance amounted to a binding settlement agreement. This automatically prevented any further negotiations. If the employer had intended the settlement letter to be a springboard to further discussions, it should have headed the settlement offer ‘subject to contract’.