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Annual Returns FAQs

Why has an earlier deadline of 29th April been implemented for annual returns?

This earlier deadline has been introduced as the new regulations and the Public Service Pensions Act for Northern Ireland state that pension benefit statements must now be issued by 31 August.  NILGOSC has therefore had to bring forward the deadline for receipt of annual returns to enable us to meet this deadline.

Would it be possible to have the pre-populated spreadsheet for the annual return early to help with meeting the new deadline?

Yes, however an early pre-populated spreadsheet may not contain all recent entrants meaning that you would need to manually add them to the spreadsheet.  It is the employers’ responsibility to request the pre-populated spreadsheet and we will ensure that they are issued as promptly as possible after request.