Have just been trying to work out why my National Insurance payment hasn’t been taken this month. Then I remembered that they sent me a letter (which I took no notice of, obviously). I hunted it out. Now I know it seems boring – hell, it is boring – but try and read it, eh?
From 2011-2012, we will change the dates we collect your Class 2 NICs Direct Debts so payments are made by 31 January and 31 July. We will collect Class 2 NICs in 12 monthly instalments starting in August and ending the following July. There is more detailed information to explain what the changes are on page 2 of this letter.
The last collection for the 2010-11 tax year will be in April 2011: this will be for March 2011
We will not make any collections in May, June and July 2011.
The first collection for the 2011-12 tax year will be in August 2011: this will be for April 2011.
From the 2011-12 tax year Class 2 NICs will be due for payment by 31 January and 31 July each year.
The monthly payments collected by 31 January will cover NICs due for the first 6 months of the tax year and the payments collected by 31 July will cover NICs due for the last 6 months of the tax year.
There will be a break in your current Class 2 NICs Direct Debit payments following the collection in April 2011 (covering payment for the period March 2011 to April 2011). They will restart in August 2011.
To ensure that your final payment is collected by 31 July each year, your NICs will be collected in 12 monthly instalments, starting in August and ending in July each year.
Payments will be collected monthly, four monthly in arrears.
Is it just me or is that completely flaming incomprehensible?!