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Extra NI years

12 November 2008
Categories: News , Income Tax
Six extra years of NI contributions can be purchased

People will be allowed to buy up to six extra years of voluntary National Insurance contributions in order to enjoy a higher state pension, the Department for Work and Pensions announced recently.

This will apply to those who reach state pension age between 6 April 2008 and 5 April 2015 and who already have 20 qualifying years on their National Insurance record, taking account of home responsibilities protection.

The value of Class 3 National Insurance contributions (voluntary contributions) is increasing because of the Government's pension reforms, in particular the reduction in the number of qualifying years needed for a full state pension from 44 (for a man) and 39 (for a woman) to 30 for both men and women from April 2010.

The Government will increase the price of a Class 3 contribution accordingly to ensure the package will overall be cost neutral.

Categories: News , Income Tax
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