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Government U-Turn On Pension Tax For Doctors And Others?

In previous articles, we have reported that hospital doctors and GPs were lobbying the government to amend the pension tax rules. The current system of restricting tax relief on pension contributions means many doctors paying almost all of the extra salary back in tax if they take on additional responsibilities or work additional shifts. This […]

Read more September 16th, 2019

Doctors Lobbying For Pension Tax Changes

Hospital doctors and GPs are lobbying the government to amend the pension tax rules as the current system of restricting tax relief on pension contributions means many doctors paying almost all of the extra salary back in tax if they take on additional responsibilities or work additional shifts. This is an issue that doesn’t just […]

Read more June 10th, 2019

Request That The Pension Charge Is Paid By Your Fund By 31 July

The Pension Annual Allowance tax charge depends on the individual’s marginal rate of tax. Where their income exceeds £150,000 it would be at 45%. Thus if the pension input for 2018/19 Was £40,000 and the limit is tapered to £10,000, the excess of £30,000 would incur a £13,500 tax bill on top of their normal […]

Read more June 10th, 2019

High Income Child Benefit Charge And State Pension

Last month we looked at tax planning to minimise or eliminate the high income child benefit to keep both husband and wife (or civil partners) looking after a child below the £50,000 threshold. Where the income of one of the individuals exceeds £60,000 such that the whole of the child benefit is taxed they may […]

Read more June 10th, 2019

Changes To National Minimum Wage April 2019

National Minimum Wage (NMW) and National Living Wages (NLW) increased from 1 April 2019. Please see the table below for the new rates: Employers should review the ages of employees to ensure they are paid the correct gross pay when carrying out your payroll procedures. At Shapcotts we check an employee’s age as part of […]

Read more April 24th, 2019

New Workplace Pension Limits From 6 April 2019

The amounts that employers and workers will be required to pay into workplace pensions are due to increase from 6 April unless the worker opts out. The new limits will be 5% from the worker and 3% from the employer. The total minimum contribution will therefore increase from the current 5% overall to 8%. In […]

Read more March 12th, 2019

Year End Pension Planning

For most taxpayers the maximum pension contribution is £40,000 each tax year, although this depends on their earnings. This limit covers both contributions by the individual and their employer. Note that the unused allowance for a particular tax year may be carried forward for three years and can be added to the relief for the […]

Read more March 12th, 2019

Higher Rate Tax Relief for Pensions Continues

There has been much speculation that the Government would further limit tax relief for pension contributions by removing higher rate tax relief. That measure would save the country £34 billion in tax. However, the only change announced concerns a new lower limit on amounts that can be saved in a pension when individuals have started […]

Read more November 29th, 2016

Further Pension Flexibility

The Government will bring in new legislation from 6 April 2016 to allow people who are already receiving income from an annuity to agree with their provider to assign their annuity income to a third party in exchange for a lump sum or an alternative retirement product. Currently, such action would give rise to a […]

Read more April 10th, 2015

State Pension Changes

Recent news articles have featured the important changes to personal pensions for those over 55 that take effect from 6 April 2015. From 6 April 2016, the new flat-rate State Pension will be introduced, which is expected to be around £150 a week. A person’s actual entitlement will depend on their National Insurance contribution record. […]

Read more February 11th, 2015