You must pay Class 1A National Insurance contributions on work benefits you give to your employees, such as a company mobile phone.
You must also pay them on payments of more than £30,000 that you make to employees when their employment ends, such as a redundancy payment (‘termination awards’).
You only have to pay Class 1A National Insurance contributions on termination awards if you have not already paid Class 1 National Insurance contributions on them.
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When to pay
When you pay Class 1A National Insurance contributions depends on whether they are work benefits or termination awards.
You need to pay contributions on work benefits by 22 July each year for the previous tax year. You’ll need to pay by 19 July if paying by post.
You pay contributions on termination awards through PAYE.
Pay contributions on work benefits online
You can pay online using direct debit (one-off payment), bank transfer, credit card or corporate debit card.
Other ways to pay contributions on work benefits
Make sure you pay HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) by the deadline. You may have to pay interest and penalties if your payment is late.
The time you need to allow depends on how you pay.
Up to 2 days
3 working days
- online by debit or corporate credit card
- at your bank or building society
- Direct Debit (if you’ve set one up with HMRC before)
- by cheque through the post
5 working days
- Direct Debit (if you have not set one up with HMRC before)
If the deadline falls on a weekend or bank holiday, your payment must arrive in HMRC’s bank account on the last working day of the week (unless you’re using Faster Payments).