Auto-enrolment - when does it apply?

I have been reading about auto-enrolment a lot in the press lately. I myself run my own business and have half a dozen employees. When will auto-enrolment apply to me?

1st August 2013

Automatic enrolment (auto-enrolment) is new pensions legislation which requires employers to provide and contribute to a pension scheme for their staff.

In order to give employers time to adjust to the new rules, auto-enrolment is being gradually phased in; large employers first and small employers last.

The date the new regulations are ‘switched on’ for your business is known as your ‘staging date’. Your staging date will not be until June 2015 at the earliest- which applies to employers with fewer than 30 employees.

But you may wish to start your pension scheme early. This can help you adjust to the administration involved, the extra expense and will also mean you get a better choice of scheme- because you are ahead of the game. It is widely publicised that there are unlikely to be enough pension schemes to go around, so employers are being encouraged to get their affairs in order early- even if the scheme lies dormant initially.

At TaxAssist Accountants we are working together with Scottish Widows, one of the UK’s leading pension providers, to create The TaxAssist Accountants Client Pension Scheme, which offers a host of features and benefits for small businesses that are normally only available for larger organisations.

If you would like to discuss our package in more detail, please do not hesitate to contact us and we’ll put you in touch with your local TaxAssist Accountant.

By Jo Nockels

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