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Quilter calls for the extension of NHS scheme pays deadline

4 May 2020

Quilter is today calling on the government to extend the NHS scheme pays deadline in light of the Coronavirus crisis.

The deadline for the 2018/19 NHS Scheme Pays election is the 31st July. In an open letter to the Chancellor, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and Economic Secretary to the Treasury, Quilter has asked for an extension of at least six months or, better still, an extension to the general NHS Scheme Pays deadline so that members can make retrospective NHS scheme pays elections within the same 4-year time period that is available for those who are able to amend an existing election.

Scheme pays allows savers to settle annual allowance tax charges of more than £2,000 through the pension fund without needing to find cash upfront. While the Budget lifted the ‘adjusted income’ and ‘threshold income’ levels under the Tapered Annual Allowance by £90,000 for the 2020/21 tax year, there is still a legacy of annual allowance issues for many doctors.

Graham Crossley, head of development of Quilter’s Medical and Dental advice business comments:

As they deal with this unprecedented crisis, many NHS staff are working extra hours and are understandably time poor. And even if they did have time it’s absurd to expect that NHS staff will be in mindset to focus on their finances. This is something our specialist financial planning team supporting the medical sectors has found first hand.

“As doctors dedicate their time to the rest of us they are struggling to juggle their time and find room for planning their finances. Doctors are risking their lives and the least we can do is ensure they are not being financially penalised for it.”

Jon Greer, head of retirement policy at Quilter adds:

“We are seeing a number of doctors who are only now realising that they have annual allowance liabilities for historic tax years. As the NHS Scheme Pays deadline has passed for those tax years, doctors have fewer options to settle the annual allowance charge and some are having to resort to take on significant debts.

“Extending the deadline for Scheme Pays would at least ensure all doctors are given adequate time to plan and are not adversely impact by pension tax rules while they are focused on fighting Covid-19.”

For more information contact

Kathleen Gallagher
023 8072 6293 
079 9000 4932

Michael Glenister
0207 7789 638  
07469 144 535

Notes to Editors:

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The Old Mutual Wealth Heritage life assurance business was acquired by ReAssure Group Plc on 2 January 2020.

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  • Quilter Financial Adviser School
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