Deadline extended for voluntary NICs

07 March 2023

The government has extended the voluntary national insurance (NI) deadline to 31 July 2023, giving taxpayers more time to fill gaps in their NI record and help increase the amount received in state pension.

The original deadline for voluntary national insurance contributions (NICs) was 5 April 2023. The deadline extension was announced through a written ministerial statement today, due to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) experiencing a recent surge in customer contact. Eligible taxpayers can make voluntary contributions to any incomplete years in their NI record between April 2006 and April 2016, to help increase the amount they receive when they retire. In addition, it has been confirmed that all voluntary NICs payments will be accepted at the existing 2022/23 rates until the 31 July 2023.

The Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Victoria Atkins said:

“We’ve listened to concerned members of the public and have acted.

We recognise how important State Pensions are for retired individuals, which is why we are giving people more time to fill any gaps in their National Insurance record to help bolster their entitlement.”

HMRC has said:

‘‘Thousands of taxpayers with incomplete years in their National Insurance record could be financially better off in their retirement if they make voluntary payments to top up any incomplete or missing years.’’

Read more about voluntary NI here and find out how a taxpayer’s NI record affects state pension.

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