OPG Registration Fee – Remission & Exemptions
As mentioned in our earlier blog about Lasting Powers of Attorney there is a registration fee that must be paid to the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) when your LPAs are submitted for registration. The current OPG registration fee is £82 per LPA. However, under certain circumstances you may be eligible for a 50% reduction of the OPG registration fee. As a result you would only have to pay £41 per LPA. Or you may even qualify for an exemption and therefore, you won’t have to pay the registration fee at all.
Remission Based on Income
If your annual income is less than £12,000 you may be eligible for a 50% reduction of the OPG registration fee. Gross annual income is before any tax is deducted and may be from:
- Non-means-tested benefits such as Attendance Allowance, Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment;
- Pensions Savings Credit;
- Interest from savings and investments;
- Rental income of a property.
You may also qualify for a remission if you are in receipt of Universal Credit.
You can apply for an exemption if you are in receipt of any of the following means-tested benefits. You must be in receipt of the benefit when you submit your LPAs for registration:
- Income Support;
- Income-based Employment and Support Allowance;
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance;
- Guarantee Credit element of State Pension Credit;
- Housing Benefit;
- Council Tax Reduction/Support (not the single persons discount or the class U exemption);
- Local Housing Allowance;
- A combination of Working Tax Credit and at least one of the following:
- Child Tax Credit;
- Disability Element of Working Tax Credit;
- Severe Disability Element of Working Tax Credit (this does not include Disability Living Allowance, Invalidity Benefit or Personal Independence Payment).
There is, however, an exception. If you have been awarded personal injury damages of more than £16,000 which were ignored when you were assessed for one of the above benefits, then you won’t qualify for an exemption.
If you do qualify for a remission or exemption, you will need to complete and sign form LPA120A. You will also have to provide supporting evidence with your application, such as the following:
- Copies of letters from a benefit provider (must show your title, full name, address and post code);
- 3 consecutive months’ wage slips;
- Official letter or notice from a benefit provider;
- Statements or vouchers showing gross income;
- Most recent self-assessment tax return and HMRC calculation or audited account certified by a qualified accountant.
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