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NHS test and trace app

Self-isolation payments are NIC-free but taxable


Sarah Bradford explains when an individual may receive £500 test and trace support payment and why it is free of national insurance but remains subject to income tax.

23rd Oct 2020
Director Writetax Ltd
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Government guidelines require someone who has symptoms of coronavirus to stay at home and self-isolate to stop the spread of the virus.

NHS track and trace may also ask people to isolate if they have come into contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus. In this case self-isolation is a legal obligation and fines ranging from £1,000 to £10,000 may be charged for non-compliance, depending on the severity of the situation.

Self-isolating has financial consequences for those who are unable to work as a result. A £500 track and trace support payment is available to certain people on low income, who are asked by NHS track and trace to self-isolate, on or after 28 September 2020.


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By kevinringer
26th Oct 2020 12:46

Sarah, you mention the systems are different in Wales and Scotland. Please can you tell us what they are in those regions.

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