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Paying NI contributions

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Hi, we want to pay a few years of contributions to increase my NI balance - we know how much we have to pay, and by when, but we don't know how!  Bank transfer sounds sensible, but to what account?  Would be grateful for any advice.  Thanks!

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Hi

We now get our clients to send payment by cheque as paying by bank transfer seemed to prove too messy and we have been doing it this way for many years.  

Regards

Andy

 


Financial Adviser (FPA Member AFP ®) Specialising in UK Expat Advice and Pension Transfers / AR-322874 /AFSL-234951

Accredited Mortgage Adviser (MFAA Member)

Director  - Vista Financial Services – www.vistafs.com.au 08 8381 7177

Vista Financial Knowledge Centre: www.vista.financialknowledgecentre.com.au  

 

Please note that my advice is general advice only and professional financial advice should be sought for your own personal situation.

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Hi Andy, 

Thanks for your reply.  Is that a bank cheque?  How does it work with the GBP/AUD conversion though?  Also, although we have been given swift codes etc, where do you actually send the cheque to?  It all seems too confusing!

Helen

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Thanks again Andy, I think I have found the details I need (finally!) however if I get stuck will contact you at Vista as otherwise I will give up!  Helen

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If you're sending a cheque, you post it to their office, you don't pay it into a bank.  

  I wrote to them to ask how much I needed to pay, and when they wrote back, they gave me the address I had to post it to.  You need to get a bank cheque in pounds sterling, not in dollars.  


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Thanks Marisa,

I wish it had been that easy for me.  We seem to have gone back and forth with letters (nothing wrong with the postal service, letters arrive within a week from posting, but the delay in a reply being processed!!) but they've never given me that information; we now have the up to date financial side, but still nothing from them with an address; however I did an online search and discovered an address with a post code of BX9 1AN, does that sound familiar?  They haven't sent me a payslip either, so there seems to be some complicated method of writing down numbers and name from the same website.   I guess I should just do one small payment to make sure the system works!  How long should I allow for a cheque to be processed do you think?

Helen

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I successfully paid two years of NI contributions in 2016. I sent a bank draft (in sterling) to:

HM Revenue and Customs NIC&EO, International Caseworker BP1301, Benton Park View Longbenton, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE98 1ZZ, United Kingdom. 

I asked for a receipt which was duly received but from a different address:

Corporate Treasury, Victoria Street, Shipley, West Yorkshire, BD98 8YY 

I also had to make the Bank Draft payable in quite a specific format. It had to read 'HM Revenue and Customs only' followed by my NI number and then the words 'NIC from abroad (ICW)'. So it would read for example 'HM Revenue and Customs only AB123456A NIC from abroad (ICW)'.

All this was detailed in a letter that they'd sent me in 2013 with the details of how much the payments were. Sounds complicated but it all worked OK and I can see the payment I made online. 

Of course, you might find that their systems have changed in the last couple of years but that's how it worked for me.

 

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2 hours ago, Helkat said:

Thanks Marisa,

I wish it had been that easy for me.  We seem to have gone back and forth with letters (nothing wrong with the postal service, letters arrive within a week from posting, but the delay in a reply being processed!!) but they've never given me that information; we now have the up to date financial side, but still nothing from them with an address

So they've told you the amounts to pay, but no details on how to pay it?  How ridiculous!

I was never given a form to fill in either, I don't think there is one.  I just sent in the cheque with a letter.

I checked and the instructions I was given were exactly the same as Nickynook.  Make sure you get the payee name right!

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Wow thanks for that - yes Benton Park is what we've been dealing with.  I will follow through and let you all know.  How long to get the receipt??
Helen

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One more question if you don't mind - I presume you sent the bank draft by registered post?

So glad I found pomsinoz!

Helen

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I wrote to them on 24/10/2016. Their receipt was dated 10/11/2016 but I don't think I actually received it in the mail until early December 2016. 

I can't remember whether I sent it registered/recorded or whatever - I know it cost me $9.60 so I clearly paid for some sort of special delivery.

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Thanks to everyone who helped me with this issue - it has worked out well with my bank draft now showing as credited to my NI account.  However, just a word of warning to anyone else sending money over - it took from the 5th April to the 1st May for the bank cheque to be presented (I had sent it registered post which may account for the slower processing time).  After a few weeks, before it was showing as banked, I received a letter from then which finally told me how to make the payment!!  Too late of course, but because off your help, I was sure I had done it correctly.    However, at the 5 week mark, I checked with my bank who said the bank cheque had been "negotiated" to use their term, so called NI  and spoke to a wonderful man called Mark Turner who told me that there was a 12 week delay in processing payments;  they were currently working on the end of January payments.  However, he said he could do it for me straightaway, we checked the amount I had sent was correct, and for which years, he said to give it 24 hours, and it was done!  It was a big relief to check the following day and see the credit shown on my account.  So everyone, just be aware of the delay in the system, but don't hesitate to call, I found them very helpful!!

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35 minutes ago, Helkat said:

Thanks to everyone who helped me with this issue - it has worked out well with my bank draft now showing as credited to my NI account.  However, just a word of warning to anyone else sending money over - it took from the 5th April to the 1st May for the bank cheque to be presented (I had sent it registered post which may account for the slower processing time).  After a few weeks, before it was showing as banked, I received a letter from then which finally told me how to make the payment!!  Too late of course, but because off your help, I was sure I had done it correctly.    However, at the 5 week mark, I checked with my bank who said the bank cheque had been "negotiated" to use their term, so called NI  and spoke to a wonderful man called Mark Turner who told me that there was a 12 week delay in processing payments;  they were currently working on the end of January payments.  However, he said he could do it for me straightaway, we checked the amount I had sent was correct, and for which years, he said to give it 24 hours, and it was done!  It was a big relief to check the following day and see the credit shown on my account.  So everyone, just be aware of the delay in the system, but don't hesitate to call, I found them very helpful!!

Do you have online access to your NI account?

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Yes and it works very well.  When you register, you supply a method of them sending an access code (if you tick a box it lasts for 7 days).   This is the website I log into ....... www.tax.service.gov.uk/personal-account

You end up with a user ID, password and then the access code needs to be sent.

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2 hours ago, Helkat said:

Yes and it works very well.  When you register, you supply a method of them sending an access code (if you tick a box it lasts for 7 days).   This is the website I log into ....... www.tax.service.gov.uk/personal-account

You end up with a user ID, password and then the access code needs to be sent.

Thank you, I'll try it out.

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Please remember that this section of the forum is for members to ask questions directly of Andrew from Vista Financial.  Other forum members should not be answering questions posted here.  Thank you.


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sorry! just trying to help as everyone else was so kind

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23 minutes ago, Helkat said:

sorry! just trying to help as everyone else was so kind

No problem at all @Helkat

We do have a general area for members to discuss financial questions and the regular members are aware of this. It can be found here https://www.pomsinoz.com/forum/7-money-finance/ however, if someone is wanting professional advice by someone who is qualified to answer then this section is for them to ask away.

Now you have your answer I will close this to avoid any further misunderstanding. I am glad you got it sorted.


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