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Tax traps and how to transform them

Income tax traps and how to transform them

Article written by Matt Coppin, Wealth manager adviser approved by the FCA There are various situations in which the UK’s complex tax system...
Occupational pension

What is an occupational pension?

Pensions are a tax-efficient way of saving money for your future self, once you decide to retire and enjoy your time. It’s like...
20211-22 AE thresholds

Auto-enrolment pension thresholds for 2021/22

If you are employed and you are not enrolled in a pension scheme, you should look into it. Pensions are a tax-efficient way...

Salary Exchange – A guide for employers

Salary Exchange is a zero-cost employee benefit that increases your employees’ take-home pay (and potentially their pension pot) while also leaving more cash...

National Insurance and dividends rate to increase by 1.25%

The Government has just announced that National Insurance contributions (NICs) will rise by 1.25% for both employees and employers from April 2022 to...

Are you ready for IR35?

IR35 is extending to the private sector in April 2021, so it is essential that companies start preparing. What is changing IR35 is...

Auto-Enrolment Overview – For Employees

You might have been automatically enrolled into a pension, or your employer might have mentioned Auto-Enrolment to you. But what does it mean?...

2021-22 tax year update

The 2021-22 tax year is starting on the 6th of April 2021. See below an update on the key changes regarding workplace pensions:...
pension allowance

How much should I pay into my pension? – Pension allowance

“How much should I contribute?” is a common question from employees and self-employed and even more at the end of the tax year...

Auto-Enrolment for Directors

Employers in the UK have Automatic Enrolment (AE) duties. However, in certain instances, Directors may be exempt. Definition of a Director When the...

When do I have to claim tax relief?

Tax relief Getting tax relief means that you will get income tax back on your pension contributions. When you get tax relief on...
What employers need to know about Auto-Enrolment fines

Auto-Enrolment: criteria for eligibility and compliance

Auto-Enrolment for workplace pensions  For those that are setting up a workplace pension for employees, managing a workplace pension, or making general amendments...

How to set up a workplace pension for employees: a guide for directors

An introduction to workplace pensions  In a nutshell, workplace pensions are designed to help workers in the UK save more money for retirement....
workers missing pensions

3% Of Workers Are Missing Out On Workplace Pensions – Is Your Business Affected?

According to the auto-enrolment (AE) legislation, eligible employees have to be enrolled in a workplace pension scheme. However, according to research published by...
Job Support Scheme - 2020

How will the new Job Support Scheme affect workplace pensions?

The new Job Support Scheme (JSS) will replace the existing Job Retention scheme. Furlough scheme extended The new JSS was supposed to start...

The zero-cost employee benefit – What are you waiting for?

A happy employee is the most important asset your business has. When they know you’re looking after them, they look after you. 47%...
Employer workplace pension contributions during COVID

Changes to employer contributions for furloughed staff

The details of the changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme have been announced, including the below changes regarding workplace pensions: Employer contributions...
Workplace pensions 2020-21 tax year update

Workplace pensions 2020-21 tax year update

The 2020-21 tax year is starting on the 6th of April. See below an update on the key changes regarding workplace pensions: Earnings...

Coronavirus and workplace pensions: What employers need to know

With coronavirus having such an impact on company operations, The Pensions Regulator has issued guidance on handling workplace pensions amid the disruption. Here’s...
Re-enrolment

Re-enrolment – What’s it all about?

On a rolling 3 yearly-basis from your staging date or duties start date, employers need to re-assess workers who: Opted out of the...
Auto-enrolment postponement

Is postponing auto-enrolment right for your business?

As small businesses are drawn into auto-enrolment and beginning to appreciate the responsibilities involved, there can be a temptation to explore ways to...
Don't let your payroll software dictate your workplace pension choices

Don’t Let Your Payroll Software Dictate Your Workplace Pension Choices

Auto-enrolment should be win-win: There will be 1.8 million employers setting up and contributing to pension schemes for the future financial security of...
What employers need to know about Auto-Enrolment fines

What companies (and their directors) need to know about auto-enrolment fines

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) recently announced that it has fined 40,000+ companies over auto-enrolment failures. The scale of action shows that auto-enrolment compliance has been...
Accountants fined for AE

First Accountant Charged Over Auto-Enrolment

When we talk to accountants about auto-enrolment (AE) obligations, one of the common things they say is: “The client is ultimately responsible for...
Pension allowance

How Your Pension Allowance Works

“How much should I pay into my pension?” It’s a common question from freelancers and contractors, especially because when you’re self-employed, you value...
Auto Enrolment compliance fines

Your Client’s Received a Compliance Notice – What Next?

When The Pensions Regulator is made aware of a regulatory breach, its first step is to issue a compliance notice. It issued 27,219...
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