National Insurance is the name given to the British Social Security tax.
- Contributions are made by everybody who earns over a certain amount of income in the UK
- It is essential to have a National Insurance (NI) number to work in the UK
- Your number is personal to you
- Every UK citizen is issued with a NI number at birth and this is sent out shortly before an individual turns 16
- Students are not exempt from paying National Insurance Contributions
- It is your account number for all dealings with the HM Revenue & Customs and Department of Work and Pensions
- It will never change, even if you go abroad, marry or change your name