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Self-employed: how to pay National Insurance

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  • Last updated 28 Mar 2024

While full-time employees have their income tax and National Insurance contributions (NI) paid through their employers (called the PAYE system), as a self-employed you have to calculate and pay them yourself.

Here is how you do it.

If you pay self-employed National Insurance through Self Assessment

Most self-employed people pay NI as part of their Self Assessment tax bill.

You need to pay National Insurance when you earn more than £12,570 per year:

🚨From 6 April 2024 (the 24/25 tax year onwards), Class 2 National Insurance is being scrapped. If you’re under the threshold and pay them voluntarily to qualify for benefits, you’ll still be able to do so.

Class 4

ContributionProfits from self-employmentHow much you pay
Class 4£12,570 – £50,2709% (6% from 6 April 2024)
Class 4over £50,2712%

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Your situation

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

Tax and profit

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  • Total earnings
    £1,000 tax-free Trading Allowance
  • NI contributions
    Class 4 NI: £2,126
  • Income tax
  • What you’re left with

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 also have to pay £2,126 (6%) on your income between £12,570 and £48,000.

If you don’t pay NI through Self Assessment

You don’t pay self-employed National Insurance through Self Assessment if you’re:

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