Class 2 NI Changed From April 2015
In prior years, once the tax return season is over, your accountant may have turned their attention to completing a deferment application for next year’s Class 2 NI if your earnings were likely to be below the small earning threshold or with both self-employed & employed income.
However, in the case of our client’s we won’t need to complete these for 2015/16 as there has been a change in the way Class 2 NI is paid.
From 6 April 2015 Class 2 NI, like Class 4, will be payable with income tax through your self-assessment tax return. Therefore, any Class 2 NI calculated for the 2015/16 tax year will be due by 31 January 2017. For client’s with small earnings, Class 2 NI will only be due on that date if their profits are above the small profits threshold (previously small earnings limit). This has been set at £5,965 for the tax year 2015/16.
As Class 2 NI counts towards the state pension (& some other state benefits such as maternity allowance), it would still be advisable for people with profits below the small profits threshold, & not having any employment income, to take up the option of making voluntary Class 2 NI payments. This point assumes that those reaching state pension age on or after 6 April 2016 haven’t already reached the 35 years’ contributions needed to earn the maximum new flat-rate state pension.
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