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Providers raise concerns over HMRC tax relief audit

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Pension providers have raised concerns about the Government’s audit of members who are eligible for tax relief on contributions after being challenged by HMRC for having “deficient member declarations”.

The Association of Member-directed Pension Schemes says two committee members reported concerns about the revenue’s relief at source, or RAS, audits.

Chairman Robert Graves has begun sounding out other Amps members to determine the extent of the problem.

He says: “Amps is concerned that audits being undertaken on administrators have found that some RAS declarations within a Sipp membership application form have been found to be deficient and interest is being charged by HMRC on the scheme administrator.

“The interest charge is based on the amount of tax relief that has been given and the time lapsed between payment and a new declaration being signed by a scheme member. This can amount to a considerable sum.”

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  1. This is an issue that has been around for a while.

    Any provider who has this issue should appeal to HMRC straight away.

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