Spouses and auto enrolment

Is it true that sole traders who employ their wives/ husbands may be exempt from auto enrolment as well?

1st May 2016

People working or ordinarily working in the UK may be considered ‘workers’ and so be subject to the automatic enrolment legislation.

Employees are considered workers, although there is an exemption for someone who is the sole employee of a company and is also a director of that company.

However, there are no exemptions simply because the individual concerned is a spouse or family member.

Failure to comply with the Workplace Pensions rules can lead to a fixed penalty of £400 plus escalating penalties starting from £50 per day. Your local TaxAssist Accountant can help you ensure your business is compliant. Contact us for more information. 

By Jo Nockels

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