Class 2 National Insurance (NI) is payable by the self-employed at a flat-rate; regardless of profit levels. Class 2 NI counts towards your entitlement to certain benefits, like the basic State Pension, Maternity Allowance and Bereavement Benefit.
If you earn less than a certain limit (currently £5,725 for 2013/14) you can apply for a Certificate of Small Earnings Exception and not pay Class 2 NI.
However, unless you pay NI on other income such as employment income, you might decide to carry on paying them voluntarily to maintain your entitlement to the State Pension and other benefits.
Should you have any queries regarding this or any other matter, please feel free to contact your local TaxAssist Accountant.
By Jo Nockels
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