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    Ostrich
    Help - Non-payment of National Insurance
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    • 5th Jul 07, 6:51 AM
    Help - Non-payment of National Insurance 5th Jul 07 at 6:51 AM
    Hi Everyone
    I've hopped from Debt-free wannabe forum as I thought all you tax experts might have an answer to my problem.
    I've recently inherites some money which I have been using to pay off debts. But -and this is my biggest head in the sand confession: I stopped paying my National Insurance in 1992 as a result of stopping all my Direct Debits when I hit yet another financial crisis - yes that's how long it's being going on. I'm freelance so it wasn't taken directly from my earnings.
    Three questions:
    1. Does anyone know how much I am likely to owe now?
    2. If I do 'fess up to the Revenue do they have powers to throw me into prison/impose any kind of punishment/fine? And how likely are they to do this? I'm terrified.
    3. Also does anyone know how/if it will affect my future rights to benefits - I already fear I'm not eligible for any kind of pension. I was on the married woman's version of NI when I was younger and didn't work due to bringing up kids from 1973-1983.
    Btw I am 57.
    Thanks - and best wishes to you all.
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