Voluntary National Insurance Contributions

NI Card PictureGaps in your National Insurance record

You may get gaps in your record if you do not pay National Insurance or do not get National Insurance credits. This could be because you were:

  • employed but had low earnings
  • unemployed and were not claiming benefits
  • self-employed but did not pay contributions because of small profits
  • living or working outside the UK

Gaps can mean you will not have enough years of National Insurance contributions to either:

You may be able to pay voluntary contributions to fill any gaps if you’re eligible.  You can check your National Insurance Contributions status here

Decide if you want to pay voluntary contributions

Voluntary contributions do not always increase your State Pension. Contact the Future Pension Centre to find out if you’ll benefit from voluntary contributions.

You may also want to get financial advice before you decide to make voluntary contributions.

Making Tax Digital for VAT

Making-Tax-DigitalAll VAT-registered businesses who have not yet signed up for Making Tax Digital for VAT need to do so.

When to sign up

You must keep digital records from the start of your first Making Tax Digital accounting period.

Your last VAT accounting period before signing up to Making Tax Digital Submit your VAT Return between Do not sign up to Making Tax Digital between Sign up to Making Tax Digital from Your first Making Tax Digital accounting period
1 Jan to 31 Mar 2022 1 Apr to 7 May 2022 28 Apr to 7 May 2022 8 May 2022 1 Apr to 30 Jun 2022
1 Feb to 30 Apr 2022 1 May to 7 Jun 2022 31 May to 7 Jun 2022 8 June 2022 1 May to 31 Jul 2022
1 Mar to 31 May 2022 1 Jun to 7 Jul 2022 29 Jun to 7 Jul 2022 8 Jul 2022 1 Jun to 31 Aug 2022
1 Mar to 31 Mar (monthly submissions) 1 Apr to 7 May 2022 28 Apr to 7 May 8 May 2022 1 Apr to 30 Apr 2022

Before you sign up to Making Tax Digital for VAT you’ll need either:

  • a compatible software package that allows you to keep digital records and submit VAT Returns
  • bridging software to connect non-compatible software (like spreadsheets) to HMRC systems

If you use an agent or accountant, talk to them about what software you need.

Watch a video about getting compatible software.