Changes to payment of National Insurance
HMRC has announced changes to the way that the self-employed will pay their Class 2 and Class 4 National Insurance Contributions (NIC). This is not the first time the process has changed. Some people still refer to paying their stamp – in days of old you had to buy special stamps for your NIC!
No new direct debits
Until recently I would have encouraged the self-employed to set up a Direct Debit Instruction (DDI) with HMRC to pay their Class 2 NIC. From April 2015 HMRC will calculate the NIC due from your self-assessment tax return.
Deferment of National Insurance Contributions
If you currently defer NIC, you don’t need to re-apply to do so. HMRC will be sending out letters in December to everyone who currently defers NIC to confirm this. Any new applications to defer NIC will not be processed. For more information on National Insurance for the Self Employed please go to my blog post here: Class 2 NIC.
Alterledger can help
For more information on filling in your tax return, contact Alterledger or visit the website alterledger.com to see if you can organise yourself better and cut your tax bill.