Class 2 contributions
By law, everyone living in Jersey is liable to pay contributions.
We use your Social Security contribution record to see whether you are entitled to certain benefits and an Old Age Pension.
Who must pay?
You are liable to pay Class 2 contributions if you’re:
Your Class 2 contributions statement
Class 2 contributions must be paid by day 15 of the month after every quarter. This means that contributions for January, February and March are due to be paid by 15 April.
We send statements out every quarter to anyone who hasn’t fully paid their Class 2 Social Security contributions from the past quarter.
How much are Class 2 contributions
The amount you pay is worked out from your income two years previously.
Example of your Class 2 rate
If you are self-employed in 2021, your relevant tax assessment would be from 2019. Your rate for 2021 will vary between £117.50 and £986.75 per month.
If you are recently self-employed, you have an option to pay a start up rate. For 2021, the rate is £161.35 per month between January and June and then £192.09 from July to December 2021.
How to apply for the Start up rate of contribution
Visit Customer and Local Services, bringing with you your 2019 Income Tax assessment. We will explain to you the terms and conditions that apply if you take the start up rate.
You'll need to provide your Income Tax assessment for any year in which you pay a deferred rate Your correct contribution rate will then be recalculated using the actual total income from that assessment.
You will be contacted directly and any under or over-payment will be addressed.
Depending on your circumstances, for example if you're studying or looking after young children, you may be able to apply for contribution credits which protect your Social Security record.
About contribution credits
Low income contribution relief
If you earn less than £18,440 per year, you may be able to apply for low income contribution relief, which means you will have a gap on your Social Security record.
Your future benefits, such as a pension and sickness pay may be reduced or you may not qualify at all.
People on a small income
Reasons why you might have received a Class 2 statement (bill)
You will have received a statement from us because you are liable to pay Class 2 contributions.
You're liable to pay Class 2 contributions if you are:
living in Jersey (for 6 months or more)
over 18 but below pension age
earning below the Lower Earnings Limit (LEL) of £968.00 per month
What to do if you receive a statement
Don't ignore it.
You should pay the outstanding contributions. If you think the amounts are wrong, or if you are having problems paying it, let us know immediately.
How to pay
You can pay Class 2 contributions by direct debit. This helps with budgeting and cash flow, and makes it less likely that you will overpay or underpay.
Direct debits are paid monthly in arrears. You pay on day 15 of the month after the contributions month. For example, your contributions for January will be paid on 15 February.
If you pay your contributions by direct debit, your rate will be calculated from your tax details. We'll automatically let you know if your rate changes.
Pay your Social Security contributions and instalments
If you overpay, we will automatically send you any refund you are due at the end of the quarter. You might have overpaid if you have:
If you have received a contributions bill (missing Class 1)
If you’re having problems paying
By law you have to pay the contributions you are liable for. If you are having problems paying, contact us as early as possible to discuss your options.
If you don’t pay the contributions you are liable for, you may be prosecuted. You may also lose your entitlement to benefits such as a pension and sickness pay.
When to pay your contributions
Find out when we send statements out and when you need to pay by.
Statement to go out by
January, February, March
Fifth working day of April
April, May, June
Fifth working day of July
July, August, September
Fifth working day of October
October, November, December
Fifth working day of January
If you haven't received a Class 2 statement (bill)
You must contact us if you haven’t received your Class 2 contributions statement. This doesn’t excuse you from paying and is not a valid reason for late payment.