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Where in your tax return did you enter your lecture and consultanyc work income?
Click on the fifth link in the seartch results here. That will give you the weekly Class 2 NIC rates back to 1977. Class 2 NIC is due to be abolished. Look here to see what benefits the different classes of NIC give you access to.
How all the different elements of NIC affect your state pension is far to complex to go into here. You won't lose what our Class 1 payments have built up. What I suggest you do is apply for a state pension forecast based on what you have paid. You can do that here. You should get an immediate on screen result followed by a letter from the Department of Work and Pensions.
Normally, if you are behind with Class 2 NIC, you get chased up but as you didn't register as self-employed I guess that's the reason why you appear not to have been chased up. It's odd that HMRC didn't pick up the fact that you hadn't registered and didn't ask you to complete the relevant forms.
You have a couple of options. Do nothing or call HMRC and tell them that you have never paid Class 2 NICs. They will then probably tell the DWP and you will get a letter telling you what you owe. In the old days, there was an upper limit to NIC that you could pay between the different classes. Now, it is different. If I were you, I'd call HMRC and get the matter straightened out.
I hope this helps but let me know if you have any further questions.
Try the fourth link on the search here for the Class 2 NIC rates too.
My understanding is that interest is not charged on late Class 2 NIC contributions but that where the contribution is 12 months late, you pay at the prevailing rate which is now £2.80 per week.
To be honest, I've never see them go back 30 years but the Treasury is desperate for cash so you never know.
It's up to you to tell HMRC when you started being self-employed. Much of the old records will be archived on microfiche.
Thanks and good luck.
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