How do you pay a National Insurance bill online?


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A National Insurance bill can be paid online at Gov.uk by direct debit. The National Insurance program in the United Kingdom is a system of mandatory worker contribution to help pay for various social insurance programs.

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The National Insurance program has existed for more than 100 years, but the significance of the program has risen over time. Approximately one-fifth of the revenue collected by Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs department comes from the National Insurance program.

There are four classes of payment to National Insurance. Class 1 contributions are paid by employers and employees in connection with traditional payroll. Class 2 contributions are weekly payments made by self-employed workers. Class 3 contributions are made by workers attempting to fill gaps in their National Insurance payment record. Class 4 contributions are made by self-employed workers and come from employment profits.

The U.K. government allows National Insurance payment by direct debit, by cheque through the post, at a bank, or at a post office. Specific instructions are available online. The account number and sort numbers for online payments differ by payment class. Any payment requires a payer's National Insurance identification number, which is given out to every child in the United Kingdom before they turn 16.

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