Two weeks after Alistair Darling's delivers his rubbished pre-budget report the National Insurance thresholds are very silently revised. This is despite the fact that in 2006 and earlier years the NI adjustments were first announced in the pre budget report Right now NI is charged at 11% between £5,200 and £34,840. From 6 April 2008 imits are £5,460 (+5%) and £40,040 (+16%!) So earn £40,040 or more and your NI charge will rise from £3,320 to £3,814: another £494 taken in tax that will rake in a further £4.5Bn in 2008/9. All to be spent wisely of course. No mention of this by Darling. Nor the fact that the Treasury has published a paper on linking Income Tax/NI that will push this up further. This sort of thing really annoys me!