HMRC have for many years notified individuals of their National Insurance number (NI No) for the first time by sending them a plastic NI No card.
Last year, as part of the Government’s Spending Challenge, it was announced that HMRC would stop issuing NI No cards and send letters instead. The government estimate this will save approximately £1 million per annum.
Late last year HMRC introduced a system of notification by letter for those requesting a reminder of their NI No, and in July this year adults requesting a number for the first time will be issued with one by letter by Jobcentre Plus.
HMRC have confirmed that they will stop sending NI No cards altogether. Anyone needing a number (adults and juveniles approaching age 16) will now receive their NI No on a notification letter.
HMRC are advising employers that new employees may now have a letter or a card with their NI No information and that either is acceptable.
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