Tag Archives: net-pay

Was that “do-nothing” budget good or bad for pensions?


We are naturally conservative, resisting change while demanding improvements. We cannot have it both ways! Maintaining the status quo – as yesterday’s budget did, will please those who hate tinkering but displease those who see the current system as broken. … Continue reading

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Will “DC deficits” become a thing of the past?


News of HMRC’s “change of position” with regards the “net-pay- anomaly” is welcome, and long overdue. It came in the form of a letter sent in response to a request from respected journalist Jo Cumbo of the FT. Govt to … Continue reading

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Tax and “net-pay fallibility”.


A curious feature of British middle-class life is the belief in the infallibility of Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs. The old certainties of “death and taxes” are comforting. When tax-evaders are found out, it reinforces our sense of the rectitude … Continue reading

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Can a DC plan be “in deficit”?


Yesterday, I fired off a message to the Pensions Regulator to put a stop on Whitbread’s sale of Costa to Coke, till restitution is made of the money owing to the low earners auto-enrolled into its net pay workplace pension. I won’t … Continue reading

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Pension paralysis over the net-pay rip off.


I won’t bore you with a list, but there are 31 blogs on this site dealing with various aspects of the net-pay rip-off which is denying hundreds of thousands of low-paid people the incentive promised them by HMRC for contributing … Continue reading

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HMRC’s pension taxation; the Scottish question.


The HMRC’s position on pension taxation reached new heights of barminess last week, with its decision to let the new “19% Scottish taxpayers” receive 20% relief at source. This is Apparantly one of those problems that gets put in the too … Continue reading

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Is auto-enrolment to become a stealth-tax on the poor?


  The DWP has released a 200 page  report into the state of the auto-enrolled nation. You can access it here. I’ve read the executive summary which is full of surprises and the report is clearly informing future strategy. The … Continue reading

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Salary Sacrifice – a foot in the door for the poorly pensioned?


Everybody knows that the pension tax-relief system is heavily weighted in favour of the have’s who get big income tax incentives. It is weighted against the low waged who can get excluded from contribution incentives altogether. Steve Webb, who thinks … Continue reading

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Who will champion DC savers?


I hear a lot of DB experts at conferences talking about transferring their “skill-set” for the benefit of DC savers; they want to transport their language – diversified growth funds, liability driven investment and glide-paths into the lingua franca of … Continue reading

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We cannot treat low-earners as second class retirees.


I am returning again to the complicated tax situation that people earning under the nil-rate income threshold find themselves in when saving into pensions. I’m doing so for three reasons From a societal point of view , it is wrong … Continue reading

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