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Class 4 National Insurance: how much do you need to pay?

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  • Last updated 14 Jun 2022

You need to pay Class 4 National Insurance contributions if you’re self-employed and earning over £9,568 a year (in 2022/23).

Most people pay it through your Self Assessment tax return bill.

How much do I need to pay?

In the 2022/23 tax year, your Class 4 National Insurance contributions are:

  • 10.25% per week on profits over £12,570 from July 2023 (and 10.25% on profits above £9,880 between April and July)
  • 3.25% on profits over £50,270.

This is on top of your Class 2 National Insurance contributions (about £3.15 a week).

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Your situation

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Self-employed income
Self-employed expenses
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How did you make money?

Tax and profit

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  • Total earnings
    £49,000
    £1,000 tax-free Trading Allowance
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  • NI contributions
    £3,795
    Class 2 NI: £164
    Class 4 NI: £3,632
  • Income tax
    £7,086
  • What you’re left with
    £38,119

How your National Insurance contributions are calculated

When you’re self-employed, you have to pay your National Insurance contributions yourself in your annual Self Assessment, together with any income tax you might owe.

National Insurance breakdown

You pay no NI contributions on the first £12,570 that you make.

You will need to pay Class 2 NI worth £164.

You will also have to pay £3,632 (9%) on your income between £12,570 and £48,000.

How can I pay it?

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