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Welfare Reform and Pensions Act 1999


Part II

The second Part of Schedule 9 amends the Pension Schemes Act 1993, to deal with the effect of the NICs changes on contracted-out pensions. Paragraph 6 amends the rules for salary related schemes; paragraph 7 applies to money purchase schemes.

In the same way that benefit entitlement is protected from the rise in the starting point for NICs, so is entitlement to NI rebates. Current provisions set the employee and employer rebates by reference to percentages of earnings in excess of the LEL. The new provisions will enable the rebate to continue to be calculated by reference to earnings between the LEL and the UEL. But with the introduction of a higher starting point for payment of primary NICs, namely the primary threshold, there will be a narrower range of earnings over which the NICs liability will arise.

This raises the possibility that the amount employers can recover in rebates may be higher than their total NICs liability. However, paragraphs 6 and 7 make arrangements for the Revenue to pay any outstanding balance to the employer and recover any overpayments from him (new sections 41(1D) and (1E) and 42A(2C) and (2D)).

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