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Annual self-employment income
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How NI is calculated on your income
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At 9%
NI contributions you need to make
Class 2 NI: £159
No Class 4 NI on your first £9,500
Class 4 NI at 9% on your next £39,500: £3,555
You also need to pay income tax
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How your National Insurance contributions are calculated

As a self-employed you have to pay your National Insurance contributions yourself during your annual Self Assessment, together with any income tax you might owe.

National Insurance breakdown

You pay no NI contributions on the first £9,500 that you make.

You will need to pay Class 2 NI worth £159.

You will also have to pay £3,555 (9%) on your income between £9,500 and £49,000.

Common questions

You’re not alone. If you’ve got a question about tax we’ve probably heard it before and have an answer, or we can walk you through what to do.

More self-service guides and FAQs


You only pay National Insurance for your:

  • employment income and
  • self-employment income

For anything else, like dividends, savings interest, foreign income, etc., you don’t need to pay National Insurance, only Income Tax.

Of course, if you wish to qualify for or increase your State Pension, you can always make voluntary National Insurance contributions.

If you’re a company director, you’re probably wondering which option is better: paying yourself a salary or dividends.

The best solution is to pay yourself a minimum salary so you qualify for National Insurance credits, and the rest as dividends.

This is because for salary you’ll have to pay both the employee’s (yours) and the employer’s (your own company) NI contributions.

When you pay yourself dividends, you get an additional tax-free dividend allowance (£2,000) plus you’re exempt from additional NI contributions.

Most people in full-time jobs who only have PAYE income never have to bother with tax returns.

The only times when you need to submit a Self Assessment tax return are:

If you’re not sure which one applies to you, read our guide to who needs to file a tax return here – it’s a long list


If you don’t tell HMRC that you’re no longer self-employed, they’ll still expect you to file a Self Assessment tax return.

You’ll be fined if you don’t – even if you owe no tax at all.

The way you tell HMRC that you stopped being self-employed is by filing a tax return and specifying that it’s your last one.

HMRC has over 130 phone lines, but most of them are not relevant for everyday taxpayers.

These are the most important ones:

  • For questions about Self Assessment tax returns: 0300 200 3310
  • For questions about how much tax you need to pay and what reliefs you can claim: 0300 200 3300
  • For questions about National Insurance: 0300 200 3500

You can see all of the HMRC numbers here

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