I have been unable to find what constitutes a qualifying year for State Pension purposes as regards Class 2 NIC. I am slightly surprised at the opaqueness of the literature.
Situation: Client trades 6th April to 31st October 2016 (cessation). Profits are £3,500 and so Class 2 is voluntary. On the face of it he can only pay Class 2 for the period in which he was self-employed. Am I right? If I am right does paying voluntary contributions for the 30 weeks employed give him any benefit for his future State Pension, i.e. how many weeks do you have to pay to gain a qualifying year? There was no work or employment for the rest of the year and no registration as unemployed.