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Add or remove a payslip comment for the Health and Social Care Levy

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This guide explains HMRC's advice on adding a payslip message for the tax year 2022/2023, and how to add or remove this in Sage 50cloud Payroll.


CAUTION: On 22 September 2022 the Chancellor, Kwasi Kwarteng, announced changes to National Insurance, and the Health & Social Care Levy. To read more, please click this link November 2022 changes to National Insurance and Health & Social Care Levy >

What has changed?

  • From April 2022, national insurance contributions (NICs) are increasing by 1.25% for one year only for employees, employers and the self-employed. This increase is included in the legislation tables of Sage 50cloud Payroll v28.
    NOTE: Following the Government's 22 September 2022 announcement, NICs will reduce by 1.25% from 6 November 2022.
  • From April 2023, NI returns to the current rate and HMRC will collect the extra tax as a new Health and Social Care Levy
    NOTE: Following the Government's 22 September 2022 announcement, the implementation of the Health and Social Care Levy has been cancelled.

HMRC has issued advice that between 6 April 2022 to 5 April 2023, employers should consider adding a message to employee payslips to explain what funds from the NI increase are being used for.

HMRC's request to add the comment is not mandatory, and employers can choose whether or not to add this to explain the increase in NI to employees.

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What you need to do

First, you'll need to decide if you will add a message to your employee's payslips to explain the increase to NI contributions.

NOTE: If you choose not to add this message to your employee's payslips no further action is required. 

The comment HMRC advise you add to payslips is:

1.25% uplift in NICs funds NHS, health & social care

If you decide to add or remove a comment to your payslips, you can do this using the steps below.

Add a comment to your employees' records

In v28 of Sage 50cloud Payroll for the 2022/2023 tax year, all payslip layouts and all online payslip services include any text in the Payslip Comment field of your employee's records. This is where you can add your payslip message for it to appear on payslips.

Your message can easily be added to either individual employees, or to a group of employees at once in v28. Let's look at the steps now.

Remove a comment from your employees' records.

To remove a payslip comment, follow the steps below: