Punter Southall has launched a service to help schemes as half are expected to face bigger Pension Protection Fund (PPF) levy bills for 2015/16.
The firm urged schemes to take action now so they do not lose the right to appeal the invoices which are being sent out.
It comes as the lifeboat has suggested that around 200 schemes could see an increase in excess of £200k. This is because it will be the first year where the insolvency risk is being assessed by Experian rather than Dun & Bradstreet. While many schemes will be better off under Experian, many will get an invoice that is significantly greater than in previous years, according to Punter Southall.
Head of Punter Southall's levy consulting team Kevin Burgess said: "Schemes should check their invoice when it arrives to ensure it is correct and any invoices that are not as expected should be queried. While the deadlines to provide new information to influence the 2015/16 levies have passed, there may still be scope to appeal invoices that are not calculated in accordance with the PPF's published rules."
Acting now could also maximise the scope to reduce schemes' 2016/17 levies, he added.
It will be also important to verify that Experian is using the correct data.
Burgess said: "This is taken from the sponsor's financial accounts and it is important to check that Experian has correctly interpreted the accounts. It is also important to ensure that Experian is looking at the correct legal entity, as we have seen several cases where the sponsors are not required to file at Companies House and their accounts have not been picked up correctly. Partnerships and not for profit organisations in particular seem to be affected by this issue.
"Sponsors should check that they have been allocated to the correct scorecard, especially those that should be on the not for profit scorecard. Given that Experian looks at the strength of any ultimate parent company, it is important to check that Experian has picked up the correct parent company and has the latest accounts for them."
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