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Extension of 2019/2020 voluntary scheme pays deadline - information for employers

To help support NHS Pension Scheme members who are continuing to deal with the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we have taken the decision to extend the 2019/20 voluntary scheme pays deadline.

Members who have an annual allowance charge for 2019/20 and wish to use voluntary scheme pays to pay all or part of this charge, now have until 31 March 2022 to submit their scheme pays election.

The extended voluntary scheme pays deadline of the 31 March 2022 coincides with the same deadline for clinicians applying to the 19/20 Pension Annual Allowance Charge Compensation Scheme.  

Please be aware that we do not have the authority to extend the mandatory scheme pays election deadline of 31 July 2021 for 2019/20 as this is confirmed in legislation.

More information about mandatory and voluntary scheme pays, how members can apply for scheme pays and the deadlines for doing so can be found on our annual allowance webpage

This announcement follows our decision last year to also extend the voluntary scheme pays deadline for 2018/19.