National Insurance Contributions – how does it affect you as a UK expat?

2019, September 12
National Insurance Contributions – how does it affect you as a UK expat? 12th September 2019

National Insurance Contributions – how does it affect you as a UK expat?

Choosing to pay voluntary National Insurance Contributions (NIC) is a way of filling gaps in your social security record. This could improve your entitlement to the state pension scheme in retirement.

Why you should act now

In 2017 the UK government has announced the abolishment of Class 2 NIC to take place in April 2018. However, now the decision has been called off, thus making it a perfect time for you to pay out your contributions for the previous years. Whilst you do not have to pay National Insurance Contributions as an Expat, you may need to in order to protect your UK State Pension.

The UK State Pension is of course not the only retirement option, but it is best to have it in place, especially because you can claim it whether you remain an expat or go back and live in the UK.

You can check your NICs status at the Official UK Government Website. Alternatively, you can speak with a professional financial adviser to clarify your UK State Pension status or to see which retirement options available for you.

At St. James’s Place Wealth Management we offer personalised advice on financial, investment and tax planning, designed specifically for expats lifestyle goals and stages of life. Scan the QR code or click here to schedule a no-obligation consultation with a British financial adviser:

The information provided in this email is intended for information only and should not be relied upon as a basis for unilateral tax planning action.

The levels and bases of taxation, and reliefs from taxation, can change at any time. The value of any tax relief depends on individual circumstances.



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