The delayed launch of a service to check the protection status of members following the lifetime allowance (LTA) cut will mean extra work for administrators.
But it revealed this has been "delayed slightly" in its latest pension schemes newsletter published on 27 September.
Pensions Administration Standards Association chairwoman Margaret Snowdon (pictured above) called the delay a "nuisance" and said it would result in extra work for stakeholders. "Members can still apply for protection (although few really understand it) and will have the relevant certificates or reference to give to the administrator before benefits are settled, but this will involve work that some would have hoped to avoid.
"Given that the service was promised for ‘later in the year', which was a bit vague, it is more recent earlier delivery expectations that have been dashed. It is still expected later in the year."
In its newsletter HMRC said despite the delay, it was continuing to develop the service and additional member functionality, which will be available later in the year.
In the meantime, it advised administrators to check the protection status of their members before making payments.
HMRC has not responded for a request for comment on when exactly the service will be launched.
The LTA was cut from £1.25m to £1m on 6 April, a change introduced in former chancellor George Osborne's 2015 budget.
HMRC also said it has launched the trial version of its annual allowance (AA) calculator to help pension scheme members work out how much AA they have used. It also shows how much they can contribute to their pension schemes without facing an AA charge.
A spokesman for HMRC said: "We working on refining the design, following on from user feedback. This has meant that there is a short postponement before this goes formally live."
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