You make Class 2 National Insurance contributions if you’re self-employed to qualify for benefits like the State Pension.
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) will send you a payment request every April.
If you haven’t received a payment request, you may need to register to pay Class 2 contributions. Call the newly self-employed helpline.
Ways to pay
Make sure your payment reaches HMRC by the deadline. The time you need to allow depends on how you pay.
Same or next day
- online or telephone banking (Faster Payments)
- at your bank or building society
- at the Post Office
3 working days
If the deadline falls on a weekend or bank holiday, make sure your payment reaches HMRC on the last working day before it (unless you’re paying by Faster Payments).
You can’t set up a new Direct Debit to pay Class 2 National Insurance. However, HMRC will continue to take payments from your account if you’ve previously set one up.
You must pay immediately or HMRC can take action against you. You can make one-off payments for any overdue amounts you owe.