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Paying Class 2 contributions if you’re setting up a business (Startup Plan)

What is the Startup Plan?

If you’ve recently become self-employed and have set up a business, you can apply for a startup rate of Class 2 contributions.

This is designed to help you when you’re starting up a new business and you may not earn as much as you did in your previous position.

Rather than paying Class 2 contributions on your total income from two years ago, the Startup Plan is designed to offer you a base rate to pay now. It is reviewed on your total income in two years’ time. 

Example: you take the Startup Plan from July 2021. When your earnings are reviewed, we use your total earnings for the year January 2021 to December 2021. This means your earnings from employment January 2021 to June 2021 will still be taken into account, as well as any earned and unearned income.

The value of the startup rate for 2021 is based on an income of £18,440. If you earn more than this, you will need pay the difference on your total income once your application has been reviewed. 

You may also be entitled to a refund if your income didn’t reach the minimum threshold for the Startup Plan.

How much is the Startup Plan?

For 2021, the Startup Plan contribution rate is £161.35 per month from January to June. Then £192.08 from July to December 2021. This will change each year.

How to apply

You can apply using our Startup Plan form.

How we calculate your payment at the end of the Startup Plan

If you’re accepted, you'll need to provide your Income Tax assessment for any year in which you pay the Startup Plan. Your correct contribution rate will then be recalculated using the actual income from that assessment.

We’ll let you know about any under or over-payment.

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