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Marks & Spencer brings forward bonus payments to avoid 50% tax rise

Marks & Spencer has become the latest retailer to bring forward its bonus payments in order to beat the 50% tax rate being introduced next month.

The retailer will pay cash bonuses to its 78,000 staff in the first few days of April, before the tax rate on personal income above £150,000 rises from 40% to 50% on April 6, the Daily Telegraph reported. M&S would normally pay the bonuses in July.

M&S’s action follows that of supermarket group Sainsbury’s, which will pay its staff bonuses in late March – 12 weeks earlier than normal.

M&S’s decision means that about 600 senior staff will be taxed at the lower rate, including some whose total would be taken over the limit by personal allowances.

An M&S spokesman declined to comment on the size of the total bonus that will be paid out, or the level of cash bonus that executive chairman Sir Stuart Rose is expected to receive.

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  • So, Marks & Spencer and Sainsbury's - those oh so great British companies - think that this is a great example to set do they? Sadly it's just the latest example of people who think paying taxes is only for other people. Of course the vast majority of their retail store staff won't be affected since they are in low taxation brackets. clearly the movers and shakers think we , the public, won't see this as a problem- but it will make some of us think twice before spending our hard earned, taxed salaries in their stores.

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