On 6 January HMRC announced that they will not charge:
late filing penalties for those who file online by 28 February 2022
late payment penalties for those who pay the tax due in full or set up a payment plan by 1 April 2022.
Self-employed taxpayers who need to claim certain contributory benefits soon after 31 January 2022 need to ensure their annual Class 2 National Insurance Contributions (NICs) are paid on time. This is to make sure their claims are unaffected. Class 2 NICs are included in the 2020/21 Balancing Payment that is due to be paid by 31 January 2022.
Benefit entitlements may be affected if they:
couldn’t pay the Balancing Payment by 31 January 2022
have entered into a Time to Pay arrangement to pay off the Balancing Payment and other Self Assessment tax liabilities through instalments.
If you are affected, you should contact HMRC on 0300 200 3822 for help as soon as possible.
Self-employed who have profits below £6,475 in the 2020/21 tax year and want to pay voluntary Class 2 NICs for Contributory Benefit after 31 January 2022, or paid voluntary Class 2 NICs via Self Assessment before 31 January 2022 but will not file their return until after 31 January will need to contact HMRC on 0300 200 3500 for assistance.