Payments to HMRC (7957_16)

Request

Changes to the Finance Act of 2004 had a significant impact on the employment of retired police officers where they took employment with a ‘sponsoring employer’ before the expiration of a period of one month. ( other conditions applied) In circumstances where this occurred the payment of pension monies became classed as ‘unauthorised payments’ and forces incurred taxation penalties as a consequence.

The individuals concerned suffered a significant potential taxation implication and in some cases those effected can expect to experience severe taxation liabilities.

In that regard I write under the provisions of the FOI 2000 and seek a response to the following which is anticipated will assist colleagues in other areas who have this unexpected and unforeseen life changing financial burden.

I must stress the reason for this request is not to cause any embarrassment to any force but merely to assist the individuals concerned reach a level playing field nationally in having this matter resolved.

Q1 Has your force declared to HMRC that it has made unauthorised payments over the last 5 years

Q2 In that regard has your force agreed to settle these or any taxation liabilities of the individuals involved

Response

Q1 Has your force declared to HMRC that it has made unauthorised payments over the last 5 years

Yes

Q2 In that regard has your force agreed to settle these or any taxation liabilities of the individuals involved

Yes – based on a settlement agreement

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