What is the difference between a NHS number and a National Insurance number in the UK?

I recently relocated to England from the States. I registered with a doctor, as did my husband. I am here on a work permit position, and he is here as a work permit dependant. He has not found work yet. I filled out a form at my job that was submitted as a fast-track application for a National Insurance number and was promised that once my National Insurance number arrived, I would not be paying emergency tax anymore. I received my NHS medical card in the mail, with NHS number and the job said that they needed the NI number for tax reasons. My husband also registered with the same surgery but didn’t get his NHS medical card. I am confused. Could someone clarify? I assumed that since my job fast tracked my National Insurance application, that this NHS medical card was the end result, because, as I said, my husband didn’t get one in the mail. This NHS number has ten numbers: xxx xxx xxxx The payroll department at my job said that the number they need has letters in it as well.

Also, once my National Insurance number arrives, how fast can I be taken off Emergency tax?

Thanks in advance.

9 Answers

  • Your NHS number is required only when you need to register with a GP and sometimes a dentist.

    Your National Insurance (NI) number is more important. It is considered your unique form of identity in this country – your employer will definitely need it so that any NI contributions can be deducted from your salary and, should you need to claim any benefits, then you will need it then. It is normally something like AB 12 34 56 and will be filled in like this on any forms. The Inland Revenue will require this number for identification also.

    So they are totally different numbers – everyone of working age has a NI number and will normally have access to it (normally on a card which is sent to you).

    Not everyone knows their NHS number although this is allocated when registered at birth!! Also, the NHS number format has recently changed so the number on a birth certificate may be different to that on the medical card.

    Hope this helps

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  • an nhs number which stands for national health service is a number we are given to identify the us when we use the nhs like a medical card at the doctors etc and a national insurance card is what we use to be able to work its to do with tax purposes

  • NHS number is the number on your medical card and has nothing to do with your national insurance number, which has nothing to do with income tax!

    So, your NHS number will be required if you need medical treatment, the national insurance number is the number on your payslip which determines your national insurance contribution which is worked out from your salary. This is the money that goes to the National Health Service so we dont have to pay for medical treatment.

    You are on emergency tax code because your employer doesn’t know how much you have earned to this point in the tax year and providing your not on basic rate tax you are in fact paying the right amount of tax. If you are on basic rate, you need to talk to your tax office (your employer can tell you which one it is) and they will give you your corrected tax code and then any overpaid tax will be refunded

  • your national insurance number is used for your employer to pay tax on your earnings.

    your NHS number is a number that is used by your doctor and the hospital to identify you as a patient in the NHS

    Neither has anything to do with the other

  • National Insurance number is for your employer to pay tax on your earnings.

    once you receive this number it takes approximately 4 weeks to come off basic rate tax.

    your NHS number is for any medical needs, so that you can be identified as a patient. if you do not get one then you will have to pay for your medical care.

  • Your tax situation doesn’t depend on your NI number. HMRC can give you a temporary number until you get your proper one. You will need to submit a form P86, as you have come here from abroad, to establish your residency status. Download from www.hmrc/p86. Your NI number will be your tax office reference, and will enable tabs to be kept on your National Insurance contributions to see what your benefits and pension entitlements are.

    Your National Health number registers you in the British National Health Service, and is nothing to do with your NI nimber.

  • y would u move to the uk its a s**t hole here

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