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Govt looks to delay MPAA cut and dividend tax changes

The Government looks set to delay a raft of key reforms including the reduction in the money purchase annual allowance, pensions advice allowance and tax-free dividend allowance cut.

In a House of Commons session on amendments to the Finance Bill which would have introduced the cut, the Government has signalled its intention to oppose clause 16, which would reduce the MPAA from £10,000 to £4,000.

The move was first announced in the Autumn Statement and following a consultation was confirmed in the Budget. It was supposed to be introduced on 6 April.

The Government is also seeking to oppose the inclusion of clause 5, which would reduce the nil rate tax band on dividends from £5,000 to £2,000, and clause 12, which would take employer funded advice contributions of up to £500 out of income tax.

The Government is not looking to change its proposed tax changes to overseas pension transfers, however. Qualified recognised overseas pension scheme transfers are set to be hit with a 25 per cent tax charge unless they are made within the European Economic Area or the Qrops is provided by the individual’s employer.

The Finance Bill will be debated for up to five hours today, starting no earlier than 12.30pm.

The pensions industry had mounted vocal opposition to the MPAA cut in particular, arguing it removes some of the flexibility of the pension freedoms, and will discourage part-time work combined with taking pension income to fund a gradual retirement.

Technical Connection head of pension strategy Claire Trott says: “It isn’t a surprise that some changes announced in the Spring Budget may be put on hold because of the snap general election.

“Some of this will be welcomed in the grand scheme of things but it does make planning very difficult. Advisers will have told clients to opt out of some schemes or cut back on contributions because it was believed that the MPAA would be cut to £4,000 but this appears unlikely now with the rush to get the Finance Bill through before the election.

“This doesn’t mean it won’t happen but it will need to go in the next Finance Bill which will take time and can’t really be back dated to the beginning of the tax year. This and other changes will leave clients and advisers in limbo again which really isn’t helpful for anyone.”



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There are 7 comments at the moment, we would love to hear your opinion too.

  1. We have already reduced our clients pension contributions to £4,000.00 for client’s that fall into the reduced MPPA situation from 06/04/2017 (or so we thought!) as part of our ongoing services.It looks like our clients may have to top these up again before 06/04/2018.Lets see what happens over the next few weeks!

  2. Compliance Compliance 25th April 2017 at 11:44 am

    Make your bl**dy minds up !, lol, I updated our Suitability Report templates ready for the 6th April changes and now it might, or might not, be delayed !

  3. Oh joy, yet more uncertainty and tinkering by politicians

  4. Has anybody got a spare clue? They seem to have lost all theirs…

  5. Roger the dodger 26th April 2017 at 5:26 am

    This is good. Divi back up to 5k from 2K!

  6. These people are running Brexit.

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