ביטוח לאומי קביעת תור is a tax paid by employees to fund social security benefits like retirement pensions and unemployment benefits. The system is similar to the FICA system in the United States.
A company appointment is the way an insurance company authorizes a producer to solicit business on its behalf. The appointment can only be made or canceled by the company.
You can make an appointment online
If you apply online to get a National Insurance number, you must prove your identity. You can do this by posting photocopies of one or more documents. You may also need to attend an interview (also known as a face-to-face appointment) with HMRC to show your documents. HMRC will usually email you within 2 working days to offer you an appointment. If you need specialist services, for example an interpreter, it may take longer. Please do not include any personal information in your response that isn’t requested by the online form.
Insurance carrier appointments can be a time-consuming and tedious part of compliance. It’s important to understand state deadlines, nuances, and expectations to avoid costly mistakes. Fortunately, there are tools to make the process easier. A compliance-as-a-service platform can help you streamline the appointment process and ensure your producers have all the necessary information at their fingertips. However, even the best tools work better if you understand the rules and requirements by state. To make sure you’re up-to-speed on all the latest requirements, read our State Insurance Agent Appointment Requirements by State.
You can call us
If you have a question about your National Insurance number, call this helpline. You’ll need to have your National Insurance number with you and know how to spell it (it’s two letters, six numbers, then A, B, C or D). This service is free but you may have to wait for a response. You can also check your NI number online in your Personal tax account or the HMRC app. You can find your NI number on payslips, P60s and official letters about tax, pensions or benefits.
National Insurance is paid for most of your working life in order to qualify for benefits like the State pension, childcare and other financial support. It’s paid by you, your employer and self-employed people who pay class 2 NICs. Payments end when you reach state pension age or several months after, if you’re self-employed. You can also make voluntary NIC contributions to fill gaps in your contribution record.
This helpline only handles enquiries about National Insurance numbers and it’s best to call them as soon as you’ve lost or forgotten your number. HM Revenue and Customs, which is the government department that governs National Insurance, will post your NI number to you within 15 days, but they can’t give it to you over the phone. You can also ask them to print your NI number for you in writing.
You can write to us
If you have a problem with HM Revenue and Customs that you cannot resolve by phone or online, you can write to them. Your letter should include copies of any documents that support your query. For example, you might need to prove that you are who you say you are, for instance a letter from your bank showing that you pay class 2 National Insurance contributions or a payslip, P60 or other document confirming your earnings.
You should also provide your National Insurance number. It will be on your payslip or P60, and in letters about tax, pensions and benefits from HMRC. It is important that you always have your NI number to hand as it can help to avoid mistakes and delays. If you don’t have a NI number, you can request one through your Personal Tax Account (external link) or by calling the NI Registration helpline in England, Scotland and Wales or the NI Number Helpline in Northern Ireland.
National Insurance (NIC) is a tax on your earnings that goes into an account which helps to fund various benefits. The amount you pay depends upon whether you work through a PAYE system or submit a self-assessment tax return. You may be able to build up contributory entitlements to a state pension if you have paid National Insurance for at least 35 years.
You can visit us
If you need to visit us, we have a number of offices around the country. You can find your nearest one using our postcode search tool or by looking at the list of locations on this page. You can also get in touch with our contact centres.
National insurance is a type of tax that you pay on your earnings to help fund the UK’s healthcare system. Unlike most taxes, it doesn’t give you any additional healthcare coverage, but it does help to support the NHS.
The address you use to apply for your NI number will become your default mailing address for any correspondence from HMRC – including tax returns. So it’s important that you use a permanent address when you apply. If you do, we’ll usually write to you within 16 working days to tell you about your NI application. It might take longer if you’re applying from outside the UK, or if we need more proof of identity from you.