3. How and when to pay

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

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 2017.

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

Your contribution What it covers Rate you pay until 5 April 2019
Class 2 Gaps between 6 April 2006 and 5 April 2011 £2.65 a week
Class 2 Gaps between 6 April 2011 and 5 April 2017 Rate from the year your contribution covers
Class 3 Gaps between 6 April 2006 and 5 April 2010 £13.25 a week
Class 3 Gaps between 6 April 2010 and 5 April 2017 Rate from the year your contribution covers

Call HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) if you have questions about voluntary National Insurance.