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Pensions Act 2014

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Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992 (c. 4)

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Class 3A contributions
14AClass 3A contributions in return for units of additional pension

(1)An eligible person is entitled to pay a Class 3A contribution in return for a unit of additional pension.

(2)A person is eligible to pay a Class 3A contribution if the person—

(a)is entitled to a Category A, Category B or Category D retirement pension or graduated retirement benefit, or

(b)has deferred entitlement to a Category A or Category B retirement pension or graduated retirement benefit.

(3)The amount of a Class 3A contribution needed to obtain a unit of additional pension is to be determined in accordance with regulations made by the Treasury.

(4)Before making those regulations the Treasury must consult the Government Actuary or the Deputy Government Actuary.

(5)A person—

(a)may pay Class 3A contributions on more than one occasion, but

(b)may not obtain more than the maximum number of units of additional pension.

(6)The maximum number of units of additional pension that a person may obtain is to be specified by the Treasury in regulations.

(7)In this section “deferred”, in relation to graduated retirement benefit, has the meaning given by section 36(4A) of the National Insurance Act 1965.

(8)For the meaning of “deferred” in relation to a Category A or Category B retirement pension, see section 55(3) of this Act.

14BClass 3A contributions: repayment

(1)The Treasury may by regulations provide for a Class 3A contribution to be repaid in specified circumstances.

(2)Regulations under subsection (1) may, in particular, make provision about applications for repayments and other procedural matters.

(3)A person is to be treated as never having had a unit of additional pension if the Class 3A contribution paid in respect of it is repaid.

(4)Regulations under subsection (1) may provide for benefits paid to a person because of the unit of additional pension to be recovered by deducting them from the repayment.

14CClass 3A contributions: power to change eligibility or remove the option to pay

(1)The Treasury may by regulations change who is eligible to pay Class 3A contributions.

(2)The Treasury may by regulations remove the option for people to pay Class 3A contributions.

(3)Regulations under this section may, in particular, amend an Act.

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