Redundancy is undoubtedly a difficult time during which there are many factors which need to be taken in to consideration. Last time we looked at Knowing Your Rights which should have provided you with most of the basic information you need to secure a redundancy package should you need it. In this follow on article we will offer you some hopefully helpful advice when it comes to taking care of the financial aspects of redundancy.
At no time is it more important to take care of your finances than when your employment status is unsure. There are a number of key areas which we will look at in turn. We will explore what to do if your find redundancy has a massive negative impact on your finances or if you are fortunate enough to receive a large redundancy package.
You wouldn’t be alone to find yourself struggling on the redundancy package you receive. It is not uncommon for your redundancy pay to only cover you for a matter of weeks rather than months. The most important thing is not to panic; there are a number of steps you can take which can protect you from slipping into dept while you find another job:
Upon leaving owing to redundancy here are some additional factors which might want to consider if relevant to you.
These are meant as a guideline only and if you would like further advice speak to a professional (you can find some useful numbers in the resources boxes at the bottom of this page)
If you are fortunate enough to receive a large redundancy package it is vital to know the implications and how maximize your money. This is of particular importance for higher-rate taxpayers as only the first £30,000 of any payment is tax-free. Anything in excess of this figure is taxed at your highest rate so if you are still on your employer's payroll then full PAYE deductions will be made on payments over £30,000. However, if this money is paid after you have left the company and have received your P45, then only 20 per cent tax will be deducted immediately.
You will be required to account for the additional tax in your annual tax return, but this will not have to be made for another year, thus providing you with a temporary cash flow advantage in the interim.
If you leave with a considerable amount of money it is important to take care of it wisely. It would be advisable to consult an Accountant for a full analysis of your individual situation (see the resource box below for helpful numbers) but here is a suggestion of what you might like to do in the mean time.
For more advice on what to do regarding the financial aspects of redundancy you may find the following numbers helpful:
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