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Your National Insurance Number

The Low Incomes Tax Reform Group has published a very helpful article explaining how to find out what your NI no is. The full article is at this link here.

A summary is below;

“Your NINO acts as your reference for the tax system. You are sometimes also asked for your NINO to help prove your identity. Assuming you cannot find it on old payslips, or the official letter that would have been sent to you around your 16th birthday, you can find a formal record of your NINO in your personal tax account. If you do not already have one set up, you may be scared that you will end up stuck in a loop if you need your NINO to register for one, but this is not the case.

To set up a personal tax account, try using the Government Gateway sign in credentials.  You will be asked for an email address, a mobile phone number and some personal details, e.g. name, date of birth. When you get to the page that asks for your personal details, you should simply click on the link that says ‘I do not know my National Insurance number’. Instead, you will be asked for your postcode.  You will then move on to being asked some further questions to help HMRC identify you – you are given the option of answering questions about your payslips, your passport or your P60. If you select ‘payslips’ for example, you are asked ‘How much National Insurance is shown in the ‘Deductions’ section on one of your recent payslips?’. You need to answer two such questions and, provided you answer them satisfactorily, you will proceed onto the home page of the personal tax account.

From there you will see a section for National Insurance – select ‘View your National Insurance letter’ and you will see your NINO confirmed.

Note that it also possible to ask HMRC to confirm it by contacting the NI numbers helpline on  0300 200 3500 or by completing “form CA5403” and sending it to HMRC so that they can try and trace it. They will respond to you in writing, usually within 15 working days.”

Important note: there are a number of businesses online who offer to help you find a lost NINO. However they will charge you a fee for something you can do yourself, for free!

 

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