At Accountants 4 Pension Schemes we focus on the issues which are relevant and important to trustees. We understand that trustees need to retain a pension scheme auditor that they can trust and have confidence in.
We may be a smaller company but we are able to offer expert services at least comparable to those of the larger accountancy practices, but at a more reasonable and realistic price.
Pension schemes will generally require a formal set of accounts which must be audited.
An audit will allow for the records and financial processes to be reviewed and the numbers compared to the accounting figures which will have been prepared by an independent team – either via our specialist pension scheme accounts department, or by your own preferred accountants.
Pension schemes sometimes have the option of claiming tax back from certain types of investment.
They may also need to pay tax from time to time. This results in a special tax return being completed by the trustees to account for and claim these refunds, and to make any payments that are due. We can assist with the completion and filing of the returns.
All company pension schemes will be linked to a sponsoring employer.
Our colleagues in our corporate accounting department are able to provide these sponsors with the accounts services and business advice which they need to manage and grow their companies.
Understanding and managing a pension scheme's financial records and transactions, and then converting all of the information into the required format for the accounts can take time and needs careful analysis in order to provide suitable supporting evidence.
Our expert, specialist pension schemes accounts department is able to provide a full financial administration service, as well as interpret the information and prepare the formal accounts for both defined benefit (DB) and defined contribution (DC) pension schemes. Accounts will be prepared in the correct formats that are required for external reporting and auditing.
Most pension schemes have regular and one-off outgoings (i.e. pension payments, transfer value payments), as well as contribution receipts.
It is important to manage the cash flow to minimise disinvestments (which have costs) and to ensure that the trustees have enough money in the bank account to meet payments when they are due. Ongoing cash flow reviews can help the trustees to better understand the finances of the scheme and plan for adequate monies in the future.
Trustees of defined benefit pension schemes have a duty to take the financial strength of their sponsoring employer into account when setting any financial assumptions and payment plans.
To assist in this, it may be appropriate for the trustees to undertake a formal review of the employer’s financial position – an Employer Covenant Review. This is like a forensic examination of the employer’s finances and business plans.
Like employers, pension scheme trustees rely on payroll departments or a bureau to pay monthly pensions and calculate, deduct and pay any tax that is due.
Pensioner payroll services are a core part of our payroll service solutions, alongside the corporate payrolls that we run for businesses.
“We have been working with Malcolm and the pensions accounting team at A4G for some time now and have always been impressed by their processes and straightforward, pragmatic approach to pension scheme accounting and auditing. We have no hesitation in putting A4G forward to our pension scheme trustee clients as a service provider.” Martin Ralph APMI, Director, Richards Ralph Employee Benefits