HMRC Update: National Insurance credits for parents or carers

20 December 2022

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has detailed that carers of a child under 12 and kinship carers can apply for National Insurance (NI) credits.

Parents and guardians can claim or transfer Class 3 NI credits using form CF411A. The details are:

  • If you’re a parent or carer of a child under 12:

    • you should automatically get credits if you claim Child Benefit

  • If you or your partner are registered for Child Benefit you can:

    • apply for credits missing from your National Insurance record

    • transfer credits from a spouse or partner

  • If you’re a foster or kinship carer:

    • you can apply for NI credits; however, you’ll need to provide supporting evidence with your form.

If you qualify, your NI record will be credited with Class 3 contributions. Eligible parties can complete the form electronically and submit online or they can complete the PDF form, print and send through the post. You can read more on the topic on the GOV.UK site.

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