Help us to change National Insurance regulations

Help us to change National Insurance regulations

National Insurance MU campaign

Over the past six months, we have been trying to get the Government and HMRC to change the regulations that state that self-employed musicians now fall under Class 1 National Insurance (NI).

The current situation poses huge problems for musicians and for those who engage musicians as a result of them having to pay employees’/employers’ NI.

Film producers, who bring lucrative inward investment into the UK’s creative economy by way of recording soundtracks for films, are expressing concern about engaging UK musicians as a result of the extra expense. If these regulations are not repealed, we may also see the closure of a number of orchestras.

A consultation document has now been published by HMRC which supports our arguments, but it is vital that as many musicians as possible respond.

Please copy and paste the below letter into an email addressed to gillian.standen@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk

If you require any further information, please email ben.jones@themu.org or refer to the consultation document:
https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/national-insurance-and-self-employed-entertainers

 

Dear Mrs Standen

National Insurance (NI) and Self-employed Entertainers

As a musician, I would like to welcome the above consultation and thank HMRC for its consideration of these issues.

I would like to firmly support the preferred option 4 – repealing the regulations in respect of entertainers.

I believe that self-employed musicians (self-employed for tax purposes) and those who engage them should not be subject to Class 1 NI.

The current situation poses huge problems for musicians and for those who engage musicians as a result of them having to pay employees’/employers’ NI.

Film producers, who bring lucrative inward investment into the UK’s creative economy by way of recording soundtracks for films, are expressing concern about engaging UK musicians as a result of the extra expense. If these regulations are not repealed, we may also see the closure of a number of orchestras.

The Musicians’ Union will be submitting a more detailed response advocating option 4 in due course and I would like to voice my support for these arguments.

Posted: May 16, 2013

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