Reviewing the Changes to Pensions Auto-Enrolment

From 6 April 2019, minimum employer and total contributions into pension schemes rose. Here, we review these changes, and analyse the pensions auto-enrolment scheme in greater detail. Auto-enrolment: an overview Under the pensions auto-enrolment scheme, employers must automatically enrol eligible workers into a qualifying pension scheme. Employers’ duties include assessing the types of workers in … Continue reading Reviewing the Changes to Pensions Auto-Enrolment

Are You Making the Most of Pensions Tax Reliefs?

Experts have recently warned that thousands of over-55s are at risk of incurring charges and reducing the available tax relief if they continue to delve into their pension pots whilst benefiting from workplace pension contributions. This article takes a look at some key pensions tax reliefs and allowances. Relief on pension contributions All pension schemes, … Continue reading Are You Making the Most of Pensions Tax Reliefs?

HMRC SMACS Tax Bill on Pension SCAMS

Having worked hard for a large part of your life, your pension is likely to be one of the most valuable assets you own when facing retirement age. Unfortunately, there are others out there who recognise this and are now trying to manipulate you into handing it over – welcome to pension scams! Pension scams … Continue reading HMRC SMACS Tax Bill on Pension SCAMS

Planning for the Dividend Allowance Cut

With the Dividend Allowance set to be cut from £5,000 to £2,000 from April 2018, we consider how investors can help to mitigate the impact of the change. A brief overview 2016 saw significant changes to the rules on dividends, with the introduction of a new Dividend Allowance (DA) of £5,000 per annum, as well … Continue reading Planning for the Dividend Allowance Cut

Auto Enrolment Rolls on for Another Year

Beginning the 6 April 2018, employers may be required to increase the amount of contributions into their employees’ Auto Enrolment schemes. The contribution levels will also rise again in a further year’s time, with employers paying a minimum of 3% towards the pension and the total minimum contribution reaching 8%, the employee making up the … Continue reading Auto Enrolment Rolls on for Another Year

Pensions Re-Enrolment: Don’t Get Caught Out

As an employer, did you know that you have a legal duty to re-enrol certain employees back into an automatic pension scheme every three years, even if they opted out the first time? Failure to do so could result in a penalty... If you were one of the thousands of businesses that auto-enrolled employees in … Continue reading Pensions Re-Enrolment: Don’t Get Caught Out

The Rising Tide of Auto Enrolment

Over the course of the next two years Auto Enrolment Pension contribution rates are rising. These changes will affect you as an employer as well as your employees. Currently the total minimum amount is 2% of qualifying earnings, of which the minimum for the employer to pay is 1%. This means that the employee normally … Continue reading The Rising Tide of Auto Enrolment

New Allowance for Pension Advice

A new allowance which will enable people to access pensions advice in a tax efficient way will commence in April 2017. Under existing rules, if you require advice regarding pensions you will normally have to pay a fee to a Financial Adviser. A new allowance being introduced in April will mean that you will be … Continue reading New Allowance for Pension Advice

Year End Tax Planning Tips For Companies

  Corporation tax is set to reduce to 19% with effect from 1 April 2017 but opportunities still remain to reduce and defer corporation tax liabilities. Here are some you may wish to consider. MAXIMISE CAPITAL ALLOWANCE The annual investment allowance (AIA) provides 100% tax relief for qualifying expenditure incurred up to a limit of £200,000 … Continue reading Year End Tax Planning Tips For Companies

Preparing for Auto Enrolment Seminar – 13 April 2016

We are delighted to announce that Stephen Rowntree from The Pension Regulator will be presenting at our Auto Enrolment seminar on Wednesday 13th April. You may be aware from seeing ‘Workie’ the striking physical embodiment of the workplace pension on your TV screens, that the law on workplace pensions has changed. Every employer with at least one … Continue reading Preparing for Auto Enrolment Seminar – 13 April 2016