4. How and when to pay

Find out how to pay Class 2 and Class 3 contributions.

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.

Deadlines

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

Example
You have until 5 April 2017 to make up for gaps for the tax year 2010 to 2011.

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

You’re a man born before 6 April 1950 or a woman born before 6 October 1952

You have 6 years after you reach State Pension Age to pay 6 extra years of voluntary contributions if you’re a:

Example
You have until 30 June 2020 to pay extra voluntary contributions if you reached State Pension Age on 1 July 2014.

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.

You can pay these contributions at different rates if you pay by 5 April 2019.