Lynn accountant urges small businesses to act on new pension responsibilities

Simon Hunt who has launched a new accounctancy firm in King's Lynn
Simon Hunt who has launched a new accounctancy firm in King's Lynn

A Lynn accountant is advising small business owners to take action now on their new responsibilities this year to contribute to their staff pension pots and avoid hefty fines and potential prosecution.

Simon Hunt who runs TaxAssist Accountants in Lynn said: “A record number of businesses reach their so-called ‘staging date’ this year for the new workplace pension scheme. Local business owners will have received their date from the Pensions Regulator and must automatically enrol eligible employees and contribute to their pension pot.

“We’ve been advising local businesses since the pension changes were first introduced five years ago and many business owners have planned well in advance, but 2017 will see the new rules come into effect for many more local businesses, as 750,000 UK employers reach their staging date. Business owners whose staging date was in 2014, will also need to automatically re-enrol certain staff and complete a re-declaration of compliance this year.

“We’re urging local business owners who haven’t yet put a scheme in place for their staff, to do so soon to beat the inevitable rush and avoid hefty penalties. Pension providers are likely to be overwhelmed with enquiries and many will not cater for the small business market. Business owners who fail to provide a qualifying pension scheme could face a £400 fixed penalty from the Pensions Regulator, escalating to daily fines set at a minimum of £50 per day, with the possibility of civil penalties and court action.”

TaxAssist Accountants King’s Lynn is a local business providing tax and accountancy advice and services purely to small businesses.