Arrears of contributions

Employers and their Payroll Providers are responsible for deducting teacher contributions, and for remitting both these and employer contributions to the Teachers’ Pension Scheme within seven days of the end of each month. If you don’t fulfil these responsibilities and any employment is subsequently identified as pensionable, then arrears of contributions are due.

Teachers’ Pensions Regulations allow for the charging of interest, compounded with monthly rests, until the total amount is paid. The rate of interest is the Superannuation Contributions Adjusted for Past Experience discount rate set by the Treasury.

If Teachers’ Pensions identify that contributions have not been deducted correctly they will issue an invoice for arrears of contributions. These invoices must be paid immediately. Where payment is not received by the due date we may issue a revised invoice which takes into account recalculated compound interest.

Where it’s appropriate we'll issue separate invoices for arrears of contributions to employers and employees.

Missing contributions can be identified in a number of ways:

  • A teacher reviews their Benefit Statement and queries a period of ’missing’ service. If this service was pensionable, Teachers’ Pensions will generate an invoice once the exact service and salary details have been provided by their employer. The member should contact the relevant employer which relates to the missing service, and request the missing details to be provided to Teachers’ Pensions.
  • Not that missing service does not automatically mean that contributions have not been deducted and paid to the Scheme.
  • An employer may discover that a teacher has ‘missing’ service and provide Teachers’ Pensions with the necessary service and salary details so that an invoice can be issued.
  • HMRC inform Teachers’ Pensions that a teacher is paying National Insurance contributions at a rate which indicates that they should be a member of the Teachers’ Pension Scheme.
  • Employers may identify that an employee has not paid contributions ‘in error’, or has been paying into the LGPS ‘in error’.

Where appropriate we’ll write to employers to obtain service and salary details before issuing an invoice for the arrears of contributions. Please note should members have queries with contributions or service it’s the employer’s responsibility to provide this information to Teachers’ Pensions.

Last Updated: 10/02/2021 15:11

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