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Pension tax break?

22nd October 2018
After deferring your state pension for a few years you have decided that it’s now time to take it. You have the option of a higher pension or a lump sum. The latter offers the chance of some tax planning but what’s involved? Kevin Ferguson advises. Deferred state pension As you may know, the government...

PENSION RELIEF FOR SCOTTISH TAXPAYERS?

2nd May 2018
The new Scottish tax rates left taxpayers pretty confused over how they would work with tax relief for pension contributions. What are HMRC saying about this? Kevin Crowford takes a closer look. When the new Scottish five-tier tax rates were announced there was no mention of how this would fit in with the UK three-tier...

INHERITANCE TAX ON PENSION SAVINGS

2nd February 2018
From being unattractive and restrictive in many ways, pensions have now become a great deal more appealing. Back in 2014 the then Chancellor George Osborne gave savers full access to their pension pots abolishing the requirement an annuity. As well as this, there is also the potential to use pensions as a way to mitigate...

PENSION FREEDOM

1st June 2017
The 2015 Budget heralded the most radical changes to private pensions in a generation. But the tax treatment of lump-sum withdrawals means that many people are paying too much under bizarre pension tax rules. Steven Turnbull investigates. This relatively new found freedom and choice in pensions means that you no longer have to purchase an...

THE BANK OF MUM AND DAD

9th January 2017
Would you believe that ‘The Bank of Mum and Dad’ lent more than £5.3bn to home buyers last year, making it the UK’s tenth largest lender. Mike Ellis delves a little deeper. With low or no interest rates, personal service and long or infinite repayment periods, it’s little wonder that the ‘Bank of Mum and...

SELECTING A PENSION SCHEME FOR AUTO ENROLMENT

1st February 2016
Looking at the options available to you and the areas that you should focus on when selecting a workplace pension scheme for automatic enrolment. By Jim Petrie, DipPFS, JRW Financial Services Workplace Pensions is a government initiative to increase private retirement savings. Auto enrolment affects every employer in the UK, even if you only employ...

WHAT IS AUTO ENROLMENT?

21st January 2016
The biggest change to have happened to workplace pensions in generations. By Alan Simpson, Associate, JRW Chartered Accountants The UK Government estimates that more than seven million people are not saving enough for their retirement or not even saving for their retirement at all. Because we are all living longer and living longer in retirement...