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National insurance contributions (NIC) - Frequently Asked Questions

Find out more about National insurance contributions (NIC).

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I have more than one job?

Unless you are a director of a company, each employment you have is looked at separately and each has the weekly £155 lower limit.

If, in the 2015/16 tax year you have two jobs, and expect to pay Class 1 NICs on weekly earnings of at least £815, throughout the whole tax year in one of these jobs, you can ask to defer payment in the other job. You do this on form CA72A 'Application for deferment of payment of class 1 NICs' available on the Gov.UK website(link opens in a new window) .

If you need them, there are Guidance notes for form CA72A that you can download from the HMRC website at the link above.

What happens if I am employed and self-employed?

If you are both employed and self-employed, you need to pay both Class 1 NIC on your employed income and Class 2/4 NIC on your self-employed income.

However you may defer your Class 2 NICs if you are likely to pay Class 1 NICs on earnings of at least £815 each week for the whole tax year.

You may defer some of your Class 4 NICs if you can show that you are likely to pay too much in Class 1, Class 2 and Class 4 NICs. Form CA72B 'Application for deferment of payment of class 2 and/or class4 NICs available on the Gov.UK website (link opens in a new window)' can be used to claim deferral for the current year. You can also download Guidance notes for CA72B from the HMRC website at the link above on how to fill in the form.

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