Welcome news on State Pension top-up deadline

Published  01 March 2023
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Commenting on the news that the DWP and HMRC will consider accepting voluntary National Insurance payments made after the April 5th deadline, Sarah Pennells, consumer finance specialist at Royal London said:

"The new message on the DWP phoneline, that the DWP and HMRC will consider voluntary National Insurance contributions made after April 5th as being paid on time, is very welcome news. We know that the DWP phonelines have been jammed in recent weeks, as the deadline by which some people can go back as far as 2006 and fill in any gaps in their National Insurance record, approaches.

"The DWP phoneline does say that it expects people to make every effort to make voluntary National Insurance contributions before the deadline. So, anyone who wants to go back more than six years and top up their National Insurance record should still try and do so before April 5th.

"For anyone who has gaps in their National Insurance record within the last few years, they do not need to worry about this deadline, as they will be able to make additional voluntary National Insurance contributions after April 6th, going back over the last six tax years."

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Steve Hartley, Head of External Communications

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