Tag Archives: net-pay

“I couldn’t afford a pension”.

  In my book of objections, supplied to me the first brokerage I sold for, the “I can’t afford it” objection sat at the top of the list. We were told to ask the customer “can you afford not to … Continue reading

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Managing pension expectations – are we doing enough?

This is one of those blogs where my focus is on big Government – or policy – rather than the little things that go into making political strategy happen. For a long time, as long as I’ve been working, there … Continue reading

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The only solution to the net-pay pension problem comes from HMRC

  Last Thursday, there was another meeting of the group of us, determined to keep up pressure to sort the problem of net-pay pension contributions this side of auto-enrolment’s next big phasing hike in April. Just to rehearse the problem, … Continue reading

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What is the net pay anomaly?

      UK government spending on pensions and top-up benefits for pensioners amounts to 5.9 per cent of GDP – and this figure is projected to increase to 6.3 per cent over the next half century. In addition, the … Continue reading

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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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