Client has done a self assessment tax return since he started in self employment in late 2018. He did 18/19 and 19/20 tax returns we have done 2021 tax return.
Although he has put the fact he is self employed on his last 3 tax returns and so Class 2 has automatically populated on his tax return HMEC have not actually been taking the Class 2 which he needs for state pension. Class 4 has been paid!!
He spoke to HMRC and they have said he is not registered for self employment (even though he has put it on his last 3 tax returns).
I seem to remember something similar to this 2 or 3 years ago and HMRC explained that the NI and self assessment systems didn't talk to each other but they put it right whilst I was on the phone to self assessment; they won't do that now.
What is the best way to remedy this and will the NI people allow him to make good the 2019 and 2020 Class 2 NI?
The tel number I have is 0300 200 3500 for the NI people; would that be the best number?