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Blog: Employers

PPF levies: all change?

As the deadlines for submitting information to Experian and the PPF approach, we take a look at recent changes to the levy calculation for the next triennium.

Is there an impact for employers of NHS cancer drug restriction?

As the NHS announces a restriction on certain life prolonging cancer drugs, does this provide further support to the argument that employers need to redesign their medical insurance schemes.

Johnson report comforts schemes providing CPI-linked pension increases

A review of consumer price indices suggests ending the use of the RPI as soon as possible. The report considers the available indices, what is the ultimate aim of measuring inflation, and focuses on what price indices will best meet the nation’s needs.

VAT: RIP the trustee. Long live the trustee company…?

HMRC has recently issued two briefing notes in relation to reclaiming VAT on invoices for pension scheme services. Whilst on the face of it, the note for DC schemes seems to be gifting an early Christmas present, the tax-man may be playing scrooge in relation to DB schemes.

Do you have a robust risk management process?

Our risk management survey aims to understand the importance companies place on risk management and the methods used by Boards to understand the risks in their business.

Temptation for early withdrawal of pension savings could lead to higher taxes

While the new flexibilities are welcome, senior staff may benefit from expert advice to help in managing their income needs and taxation affairs.

Holiday pay ruling is no vacation for pension schemes

Employers should also consider the impact of a recent judgement on pensionable salary

Medical underwriting for bulk annuities – the market gathers pace

A record £206m bulk annuity which included medical underwriting has been completed recently. How was this deal put together and what should employers and trustees consider when considering one of these deals?

Inflation protection – a capacity crunch over the horizon?

Whilst the radical reform of the defined contribution landscape has already caused considerable upheaval in the market for individual annuities, an interesting consequence of Budget 2014 has been the knock-on effect for the bulk annuity sector.

Barnett Waddingham, Treasury, Autumn Statement 2014
Too much freedom and choice for Treasury’s comfort?

The Government’s Budget announcement of freedom and choice in pensions may have inadvertently created a tax loophole. What do employers need to think about?

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