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Do You Pay Tax on Apprenticeship Wages

Apprentices, it is commonly believed, are not required to pay income tax. I’m afraid that’s not right. You do pay tax on apprenticeship wages, apprentices, like anyone else, are expected to pay income tax.

If you earn less than £12,570 in the 2021/22 tax year, you will not be charged at all, but you must pay National Insurance contributions. The sum of £12,570 is considered your salary. Earnings above the personal allowance are taxed at the applicable income tax limit.

The Pay usually charges tax As You Earn (PAYE) programme, which deducts tax immediately from the pay package. As a consequence, you are not required to file a Self Assessment tax return.


Updated on December 23, 2021

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