National Insurance

National Insurance Contributions (NICs) are payable whether you are self-employed or employed by your own company, although different rates apply.

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National Insurance - overview

Although it can affect your entitlement to some state benefits, effective tax planning may allow you to reduce your NI contributions. Our overview.

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Employee National Insurance

Minimising employees' Class 1 NI contributions directly benefits the employee and the employer, by making it easier to recruit and retain employees.

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National Insurance

Employers pay employer National Insurance contributions (NICs) for each employee, and also collect their employees’ contributions. Our guide to NICs.

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Self-employed National Insurance

If you are a sole trader or in a partnership, you are liable for flat rate Class 2 and profit-related Class 4 National Insurance (NI) contributions.

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Check your National Insurance record

Paying National Insurance contributions entitles you to certain state benefits such as a state pension. Check if you have enough years to qualify.

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Employment Allowance

The Employment Allowance reduces the amount of employer’s NICs payable. Find out how it works, who qualifies and how to claim the Employment Allowance.

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Find a lost National Insurance number

You should receive a National Insurance number when you reach 16. If you have lost or did not receive yours find out how you can track it down.