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17 December 2008
Issue: 4187 / Categories: Forum & Feedback , Income Tax
Should outstanding Class 3 National Insurance contributions be paid for 2006-07?

A friend is 58 and his wife is 51. He has recently received a letter from the Contributions Agency ‘inviting’ him to pay about £100 in outstanding National Insurance contributions for 2006-07.

He was made redundant part way through the year and then claimed jobseekers’ allowance but I understand that there was about a three-month period during the year when he was not paying or being credited with NICs.

It seems that he has sufficient years (39) to purchase his state pension but the letter says that should he die he may have insufficient contributions to entitle his widow to the widow’s bereavement allowance.

As I understand it he is not claiming any benefit at the present time as he has a substantial amount of money on deposit.

Do readers think that it is worth making this payment and are these contributions something that he...

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