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Finance Act 2004

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250Registered pension scheme return

(1)The Inland Revenue may, in relation to any tax year, by notice require the scheme administrator of a registered pension scheme—

(a)to make and deliver to the Inland Revenue a return containing any information reasonably required by the notice, and

(b)to deliver with the return any accounts, statements or other documents relating to information contained in the return which may reasonably be required by the notice.

(2)The information that may be required to be included in the return is any information relating to—

(a)contributions made under the pension scheme,

(b)transfers of sums or assets held for the purposes of, or representing accrued rights under, another pension scheme so as to become held for the purposes of, or to represent rights under, the pension scheme,

(c)income and gains derived from investments or deposits held for the purposes of the pension scheme,

(d)other receipts of the pension scheme,

(e)the sums and other assets held for the purposes of the pension scheme,

(f)the liabilities of the pension scheme,

(g)the provision of benefits by the pension scheme,

(h)transfers of sums or assets held for the purposes of, or representing accrued rights under, the pension scheme so as to become held for the purposes of, or to represent rights under, another pension scheme,

(i)other expenditure of the pension scheme,

(j)the membership of the pension scheme, or

(k)any other matter relating to the administration of the pension scheme.

(3)The information that may be required to be included in the return may be limited to information concerning any particular arrangement or arrangements under the pension scheme.

(4)The notice must specify the period to be covered by the return.

(5)The period may be—

(a)the whole or any specified part of the tax year, or

(b)if audited accounts of the pension scheme have been prepared for any period or periods ending in the tax year, the period or periods covered by the accounts.

(6)“Audited accounts” means accounts audited by a person of a description specified in regulations made by the Board of Inland Revenue.

(7)A return relating to the whole or part of, or to a period or periods ending in, a tax year must be delivered—

(a)where the notice requiring the return is given after the 31st October in the next tax year, before the end of the period of three months beginning with the day on which the notice is given, and

(b)otherwise, not later than the 31st January in the next tax year (but subject as follows).

(8)If, in a case within paragraph (b) of subsection (7), the winding-up of the pension scheme has been completed before 31st October in the next tax year, the return must be delivered before the end of the period of three months beginning with the day on which the winding-up is completed.

(9)But subsection (8) does not apply if the end of that period is before the end of the period of three months beginning with the day on which the notice is given; and in that case the return must be delivered before the end of that period.

251Information: general requirements

(1)The Board of Inland Revenue may by regulations make provision requiring persons of a prescribed description—

(a)to provide to the Inland Revenue, in a form specified by the Board of Inland Revenue, information of a prescribed description relating to any of the matters mentioned in subsection (2), and

(b)to preserve for a prescribed period any documents relating to such information.

(2)Those matters are—

(a)any matter relating to a registered pension scheme,

(b)any matter relating to a pension scheme which has ceased to be a registered pension scheme,

(c)any matter relating to a pension scheme in relation to which an application for registration has been made,

(d)any matter relating to an annuity purchased with sums or assets held for the purposes of a registered pension scheme,

(e)the coming into operation of an employer-financed retirement benefits scheme, and

(f)the provision of relevant benefits under an employer-financed retirement benefits scheme.

(3)In subsection (2)—

  • “employer-financed retirement benefits scheme”, and

  • “relevant benefits”,

have the same meaning as in Chapter 2 of Part 6 of ITEPA 2003 (see sections 393A and 393B of that Act).

(4)The Board of Inland Revenue may by regulations make provision—

(a)requiring scheme administrators of registered pension schemes or other persons of a prescribed description to provide information of a prescribed description to persons of such of the descriptions mentioned in subsection (5) as are prescribed, or

(b)requiring persons of such of the descriptions specified in subsection (5) as are prescribed to provide information of a prescribed description to the scheme administrators of registered pension schemes.

(5)Those persons are—

(a)members of a registered pension scheme,

(b)persons who have ceased to be members of a registered pension scheme,

(c)persons to whom benefits under a registered pension scheme are being, or have been, provided,

(d)the personal representatives of any person within paragraphs (a) to (c), and

(e)insurance companies who pay annuities purchased with sums or assets held for the purposes of registered pension schemes.

(6)“Prescribed”, in relation to regulations, means prescribed by the regulations.

252Notices requiring documents or particulars

(1)The Inland Revenue may by notice require any person of a description prescribed by regulations made by the Board of Inland Revenue—

(a)to produce to the Inland Revenue, or to make available for inspection by the Inland Revenue, any documents within the person’s possession or power relating to any of the matters mentioned in subsection (3) which the Inland Revenue may reasonably require, and

(b)to provide to the Inland Revenue any particulars relating to any of those matters which the Inland Revenue may reasonably require.

(2)The Inland Revenue may by notice require any other person to produce to the Inland Revenue, or to make available for inspection by the Inland Revenue, any documents within the person’s possession or power which—

(a)relate to any of the matters mentioned in subsection (3), and

(b)were created not more than six years before the day on which the notice is given,

and which the Inland Revenue may reasonably require.

(3)The matters referred to in subsections (1) and (2) are—

(a)any matter relating to a registered pension scheme,

(b)any matter relating to a pension scheme which has ceased to be a registered pension scheme,

(c)any matter relating to a pension scheme in relation to which an application for registration has been made,

(d)any matter relating to an annuity purchased with sums or assets held for the purposes of a registered pension scheme,

(e)the coming into operation of an employer-financed retirement benefits scheme, and

(f)the provision of relevant benefits under an employer-financed retirement benefits scheme.

(4)In subsection (3)—

  • “employer-financed retirement benefits scheme”, and

  • “relevant benefits”,

have the same meaning as in Chapter 2 of Part 6 of ITEPA 2003 (see sections 393A and 393B of that Act).

(5)A notice under this section must specify the period within which it is to be complied with; and that period may not end earlier than the period of 30 days beginning with the day on which the notice is given.

(6)A notice under subsection (2) must specify the pension scheme or employer-financed retirement benefits scheme to which it relates.

(7)The Inland Revenue must notify the scheme administrator of the pension scheme, or the responsible person in relation to theemployer-financed retirement benefits scheme, to which such a notice relates that the notice has been given no later than the end of the period of 30 days beginning with the day on which it is given.

(8)In subsection (7) “responsible person” has the same meaning as in Chapter 2 of Part 6 of ITEPA 2003 (see section 399A of that Act).

(9)A person may comply with a notice under this section requiring the production of a document by producing a copy of the document.

(10)But where a person produces a copy of a document in compliance with a notice under this section the Inland Revenue may by notice require the production of the original for inspection within a period specified in the notice; and that period may not end earlier than the period of 30 days beginning with the day on which the notice is given.

(11)The Inland Revenue may take copies of, or make extracts from, any document produced in compliance with a notice under this section.

(12)A notice under this section does not require a person—

(a)to produce or make available for inspection any document, or

(b)to provide any particulars,

relating to any pending appeal by the person relating to tax.

253Appeal against notices

(1)The person to whom a notice under section 252(1) or (2) (notices requiring documents or particulars) is given may appeal against any requirement imposed by the notice.

(2)The appeal must be brought within the period of 30 days beginning with the date on which the notice is given.

(3)The appeal is to the General Commissioners, except that the appellant may elect (in accordance with section 46(1) of TMA 1970) to bring the appeal before the Special Commissioners instead of the General Commissioners.

(4)Paragraphs 1, 2, 8 and 9 of Schedule 3 to TMA 1970 (rules for assigning proceedings to General Commissioners) have effect to identify the General Commissioners before whom an appeal under this section is to be brought, but subject to modifications specified in an order made by the Board of Inland Revenue.

(5)An appeal under this section against a requirement imposed by a notice must be brought within the period of 30 days beginning with the day on which the notice was given.

(6)The Commissioners before whom an appeal under this section is brought must consider whether the production of the document, or provision of the particulars, to which the appeal relates was reasonably required by the Inland Revenue.

(7)If they decide that it was, they must confirm the notice so far as relating to that requirement.

(8)If they decide that it was not, they must set aside the notice so far as relating to that requirement.

(9)If the notice is confirmed it has effect in relation to the requirement to which the appeal relates as if it specified as the period within which it must be complied with the period of 30 days beginning with the day on which the appeal was determined.

(10)The determination of the Commissioners is final and conclusive.

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