Pensions

HMRC has launched a consultation on draft proposals to ban pensions cold calling. Under the proposals, unsolicited marketing calls relating to pensions could be banned, alongside cold calls that offer a ‘free pension review’. The government also outlined its intention to ban cold calls that promote retirement income products, such as drawdown. The consultation closed on 17 A ...

Inheritance Tax (IHT) in the UK is widely misunderstood and the subject of a number of myths. Here are five of them….. Myth 1: My partner will inherit everything free of IHT Many people assume that if they are married or in a civil partnership, IHT will not be an issue for them. But they may be wrong, as the family of comedian Rik Mayall discovered a few years ago. Although t ...

Today (25 May) marks the biggest change to UK data protection law in a generation.    The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is an evolution of the current Data Protection Act (1998) and comes into effect today. Regulated by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the new law gives people more control about how their data is used, shared and stored and requires or ...

The Pensions Regulator has announced that the number of employers meeting their workplace pension duties has reached one million and that statistics show that approximately 9.3 million people are saving into a pension. TPR’s Director of Automatic Enrolment, Darren Ryder, said: ‘I am delighted we have reached this important landmark, which shows how far we have come since the ...

There is a little known tax perk which cuts the cost of financial advice by up to £310 a year. It is in respect of legislation that came in to force last November in respect of pension advice vouchers. Employees can swap up to £500 of their pay each tax year for a pension advice voucher through salary sacrifice. The voucher can then be used to obtain financial advice about any ...

The government has announced proposals to extend pensions auto enrolment to include younger workers and to amend the way in which contributions are calculated. According to the press release: ‘The review’s recommendations, which will now be progressed and legislated for where necessary, will see: automatic enrolment duties continuing to apply to all employers, regardless o ...

The Pensions Regulator is reminding employers that they need to comply with their auto enrolment duties. Automatic enrolment still applies to temporary staff this Christmas With the festive season fast approaching, employers may be planning to take on temporary staff to help their business survive the rush. Automatic enrolment applies to these employees in the same way as per ...

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has begun carrying out employer spot checks to make sure employers are complying with their automatic enrolment duties and that they are giving their staff the workplace pensions they’re entitled to. According to the TPR these inspections help them to understand any challenges employers are facing, and whether TPR need to make any changes to their g ...

If you are thinking of doing something with your Pension pot, read these five tips from The Pensions Regulator first to protect yourself from scammers: Five tips to protect yourself from scammers. Alternatively, please contact the team at Ward Williams Financial Services Ltd on 01932 830664 or by email on wwfs@wardwilliams.co.uk for further assistance. ...

Under pensions auto enrolment employers have to enroll qualifying employees into a workplace pension. Duties include paying contributions for the employee. The process of auto enrolment has been phased in from October 2012 when the largest employers had to comply with the rules. However the rules are set to change and new employers will have to comply with their automatic enrol ...