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Qualifying Years

What is a qualifying year for Manx State Pension?

A qualifying year for Manx State Pension can be made up through combining earnings from employment, National Insurance credits, self-employment and voluntary contributions.

A qualifying year can be built up if:

  • you are employed and have earning over £138 a week or more from one employer and are paying National Insurance contributions
  • you are employed and earning between at least £120 a week, but less than £138 a week, from one employer and are treated as having paid National Insurance contributions
  • you are self-employed and paying Class 2 National Insurance contributions (£5.40 a week - or £6.70 a week if you are a share-fisherman). This includes Class 2 voluntary contributions.
  • you pay voluntary Class 3 National Insurance contributions (£15.30 a week)
  • you qualify for National Insurance credits

The amounts stated above relate to the 2020/21 tax year. They are different for earlier years and will most likely be different for future years.

If you don’t earn enough or pay enough Class 2 or Class 3 National Insurance contributions you can get National Insurance Credits in certain circumstances, for example, when

  • you have caring responsibilities (including getting Child Benefit for a child under 12)
  • you’re claiming certain benefits such as Carer’s Allowance, Employed Person’s Allowance, Jobseeker’s Allowance or Incapacity Benefit.

If you’re responsible for a child under 12 but aren’t entitled to child benefit because of the level of your household’s income, you may be eligible for credits. Further details are available on the Social Security Website.

For information on qualifying conditions for other benefits you should contact the Department of Health and Social Care.

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