Most self-employed people must pay National Insurance contributions. But what are the self-employed National Insurance rates, and how do you pay?
Self-employed people pay National Insurance contributions (NICs) in two classes: Class 2 and Class 4. However, there are a few exceptions to this. For example:
Some other self-employed people don’t pay National Insurance contributions through Self Assessment. However, they may choose to make voluntary contributions, as explained below. These workers include:
In 2016 the government announced that it would be scrapping Class 2 National Insurance contributions, but the move was later postponed and then abandoned altogether in 2018 amid widespread concern that the change would leave the poorest self-employed people worse off.
This means that self-employed people must pay both Class 2 and Class 4 National Insurance contributions unless they are exempt.
Class 2 and Class 4 NICs are charged at different rates.
The Class 2 National Insurance contribution is a fixed amount of £2.95 a week. It is only charged if your annual profits are £6,205 or more.
Class 4 NICs are only charged if your profits are £8,424 or more a year. They are charged at a rate of nine per cent of profits between £8,424 and £46,350, and two per cent on profits over £46,350.
All of these rates are for the 2018-19 tax year.
The rates for the 2019-20 tax year are:
Some people choose to make voluntary National Insurance contributions. You might do this because there are gaps in your National Insurance record which could affect your entitlement to the State Pension. This might be because you had small profits during periods of self-employment.
If you’re concerned that there may be gaps in your National Insurance record, you should ask for a copy using the tool on .Gov. You can then check to see if you are eligible to make voluntary contributions.
For most self-employed people, National Insurance contributions are paid through the Self Assessment process. You must file your return and pay your bill by 31 January every year. For more information, read our small business guide to Self Assessment tax returns.
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