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Everything you need to know about getting your NI number

by Leanne Shrosbree | Dec 06, 2016
  • If you’re planning on moving to the UK to work, you’ll need to apply for your National Insurance (NI) number. We’ve put together a quick guide to clarify why you need an NI number and how to go about getting one.
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    What is an NI number?

    This is the unique number given to you by the Department for Work and Pensions. It’s used to track your tax and NI contributions every year as well as ensure that you’re paying the correct amounts to HMRC.

    EU nationals are also required to have an NI number in order to access the benefits of the UK health system, but it’s not to be confused with your NHS number. Visa holders pay a health surcharge in order to access these benefits.

    Do I really need one?

    In short, yes.

    If you do not have an NI number, you will end up paying higher, emergency tax rates. Employers usually deduct emergency tax from your salary at a flat rate of 22%. You need an NI number to be able to claim back overpaid tax at the end of the year.

    How do I apply for my NI number?

    You must be in the UK with a stamped passport, and a reasonable need and right to apply for an NI number before you can make a booking for an NI number appointment, followed by a fair amount of paperwork.

    The quickest way to go about it

    You can sign up for our Easy NINO service – the easiest and most efficient way to sort out your NI number. Just complete the online application form, sign a few documents and your number will be sent to you in four to eight weeks.

    Don’t spend hours on admin. Apply for your NI number online and save yourself the hassle.

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