The government has today launched a consultation on a root-and-branch reform of the tax treatment of pensions. Here are the eight questions it wants answered.
1. To what extent does the complexity of the current system undermine the incentive for individuals to save into a pension?
2. Do respondents believe that a simpler system is likely to result in greater engagement with pension saving? If so, how could the system be simplified to strengthen the incentive for individuals to save into a pension?
3. Would an alternative system allow individuals to take greater personal responsibility for saving an adequate amount for retirement, particularly in the context of the shift to
defined contribution pensions?
4. Would an alternative system allow individuals to plan better for how they use their
savings in retirement?
5. Should the government consider differential treatment for defined benefit and defined contribution pensions? If so, how should each be treated?
6. What administrative barriers exist to reforming the system of pensions tax, particularly in the context of automatic enrolment? How could these best be overcome?
7. How should employer pension contributions be treated under any reform of pensions tax relief?
8. How can the government make sure that any reform of pensions tax relief is sustainable for the future?
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