It has been announced that taxpayers will now have an extra two years to make any additional payments to their National Insurance (NI), this enables people to make contributions to increase their state pension entitlements.
The original cut-off point for voluntary NI contributions from April 2006 to April 2017 has now been extended to 5 April 2025. This will give people the opportunity to fill any gaps in their NI record, this is an extension of nearly two years.
Due to capacity problems on government helplines HMRC moved the deadline from the 5 April 2023 to 31 July 2023, they have since extended the deadline further to 5 April 2025.It will give taxpayers more time to properly consider whether paying voluntary contributions, which could boost their state pension entitlement, is right for them.
Filling gaps in National Insurance records can make a real difference to people’s state pensions, this extension will give people more time to be able to do that. It will give people more time to spread the cost of filling in any gaps they may have.
All relevant National Insurance contribution payments will be accepted at the rates applicable from 2022 to 2023 until 5 April 2025.The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) hopes the extension will grant staff more time to cope with the high level of interest – as thousands of people are expected to take advantage.
Eligible taxpayers can find out how to check their National Insurance record via the HMRC app or their Personal Tax Account.