National Insurance

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

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

Understanding employee National Insurance and how to minimise Class 1 NI contributions for both employers and employees

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Employers National Insurance contributions

National Insurance, PAYE and payroll: Employers must pay employer National Insurance contributions on employee earnings and they must collect employee Class 1 NICs.

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Employment Allowance

Tax advice for UK employers: how to claim Employment Allowance and reduce the amount of employer’s Class 1 NICs you pay.

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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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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.

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National Insurance

National Insurance overview for employers to help minimise National Insurance Contributions (NICs) and understand National Insurance rates and allowances.