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Complex benefit
structure with high earners

Pensions & benefits

Our thorough knowledge of  'high earner' issues gave the Trustees peace of mind

The background

In 2012, we were appointed to provide pension administration services for a FTSE 100 listed company with a complex benefit structure and a number of their members affected by “high earner” issues.

Our solution

Past practice and high earner scheme specific issues were identified as part of the implementation project including:

  • Carrying out Annual Allowance checks, assessing any unused allowances from preceding tax years and implementing the Scheme’s policy on limiting accrual or arranging payment of tax. Both a salary augmentation and “Scheme Pays” policy were agreed with the Trustees and this process was documented fully in the Scheme specifics held on file for all calculations and enquiries
  • Processing and monitoring members’ benefits where they have registered for protection from the various changes to the “Lifetime Allowance” limit
  • Restricting members’ benefits to historical Inland Revenue maximum limits where required under the Scheme’s Rules
  • A table confirming the benefit structure of the various categories was also agreed and signed off by the Scheme Actuary and this was used as a template for the calculation proforma and testing of automated calculations. Bespoke training was rolled out to the dedicated administration team covering the issues that directly impacted the Scheme.

The results

Our thorough knowledge of the 'high earner' issues, and ongoing support from our dedicated pensions taxation team, gave the Trustees assurance that affected members’ complex benefits will be calculated in accordance with the Scheme Rules and overriding legislation at all times.

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How we can help

We provide a bespoke, high quality pensions administration service.

We help pension scheme trustees and sponsors to determine the ultimate destination for their scheme and help them put together a plan to get there, including how to effectively manage the risks they face along the way.

We help companies define and deliver a successful benefit strategy.

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