Class 2 NIC – National Insurance

What do you need to know about the changes to Class 2 National Insurance Contributions (NIC)?


In the realm of fiscal policies, the Chancellor’s 2023 Autumn Statement unveiled a significant change to National Insurance with the abolition of Class 2 NIC effective from April 6, 2024.


What does the abolition of Class 2 NIC mean to the taxpayer?

Let’s take a look.

  1. Qualifying Thresholds: Individuals with profits exceeding £12,570 will still qualify for contributory benefits without the obligation to pay Class 2 NICs. This translates to a notable saving of £192.40 for the tax year 2024/25.
  2. Middle Ground: Those earning profits between £6,725 and £12,570 won’t experience direct financial savings, as they’re already treated as contributors to Class 2 NICs since 2022/23, without the actual payment.
  3. Voluntary Contributions: For individuals with profits under £6,725, voluntary payment of Class 2 NICs remains an option. This helps maintain their contributions record for accessing benefits.

While the abolition brings welcome relief for self-employed individuals and partnerships with profits above £12,570, there’s a catch for those in the lowest profit bracket.

Opting out of Class 2 NICs may result in the loss of entitlement to vital state benefits such as maternity allowance and, under specific circumstances, contributions-based employment and support allowance (ESA). It could also affect eligibility for state pension benefits in the long term.

Therefore, we would suggest that taxpayers look beyond the surface and understand the potential implications of this change and if relevant, seek professional advice. Vigilance is the key for those wishing to ensure continued access to state benefits in the future.

With careful planning, staying informed and navigating these changes wisely, taxpayers can safeguard their financial well-being and secure their entitlements in an evolving economic landscape.

We will update you further on NIC should any further changes or amendments be made.

If you wish to speak to a member of the RPGCC team about anything mentioned in this post, or indeed any area of personal or self-employed tax, please contact us on 020 7870 9050.

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