Voluntary National Insurance

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How and when to pay

Find out how to:

If you’re living abroad, read leaflet NI38 and fill in form CF83 (found at the end). Send it back to HMRC using the address on the form.


You can usually pay voluntary contributions for the past 6 years. The deadline is 5 April each year.

You have until 5 April 2022 to make up for gaps for the tax year 2015 to 2016.

You can sometimes pay for gaps from more than 6 years ago, depending on your age.

You’re a man born after 5 April 1951 or a woman born after 5 April 1953

You have until 5 April 2023 to pay voluntary contributions to make up for gaps between April 2006 and April 2016.