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Class 1 National Insurance (NI) is a tax that you pay when you’re employed. There are multiple types of National Insurance that we’re liable to pay in the UK, depending on our employment status.
Take a look at the different types below:
|Class of National Insurance||Who pays?||How do you pay?|
|Class 1||Employees who are under state pension age and earning >£242 per week||Automatically deducted by your employer from your salary – entitles you to claim JSA|
|Class 1A/1B||Employers||Deducted from employees’ benefits and expenses|
|Class 2||Self-employed earning >£6,725 per year||Paid via a tax return|
|Class 3||Anyone||Paid in voluntary contributions to clear any gaps in your NI|
|Class 4||Self-employed earning >£11,909 per year||Paid via a tax return|
It’s 12% of your salary after you start earning £242 per year. This amount then drops to 2% once you earn over £50,270 a year.
Earning over £50,270 makes you a Higher Rate earner.
To calculate the National Insurance that you’re liable to pay, take a look at our employed and self-employed calculator.
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