Awards to Inventors (ATI) Income Tax Question

by Steven
(Watford, Hertfordshire, UK)

Awards to Inventors (ATI) Income Tax Question

Awards to Inventors (ATI) Income Tax Question

What are the personal tax and NI liabilities for ATI payments received from a former employer?


These ATI payments are directly linked to royalties received by the former employer from 3rd party collaborators, where I (and others) were named inventors on patents directly linked to the commercialisation of the product.

The ATI payments are defined by a strict formula and are capped. Whilst I was an employee of the company I received ATI payments (which were non-consolidated and non-pensionable) in the same way that I received annual bonuses, i.e. I paid tax and NI.

Now that I am retired I wondered whether this tax/NI treatment was still valid? If it is, will my ex-employer have to pay employers NI contributions as well?

Thanks, Steve

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I've been a professional songwriter for the last fifteen years. Due to the fact that people have all but quit purchasing the music they obtain, after several years of plummeting royalties I had to make a career change.

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