Could using a pension reduce higher rate tax payments?

At the beginning of March Chancellor Rishi Sunak presented his Budget. His aim: to chart a course out of the economic damage wrought by the pandemic. A year earlier he had said he would do “whatever it takes” to protect jobs and businesses. Twelve months on, with Government borrowing breaking…

Minimum age for pensions freedoms rises to 57

The government has confirmed that the minimum age for drawing a personal pension is to rise to 57 in 2028. Savers who pay into a personal pension either directly or through their workplace can currently access their money at 55. However, the government plans to raise the age as a…

Retirement planning in the time of COVID-19

The COVID-19 outbreak has heralded the beginning of a concerning time for everyone. As well as anxiety about our own health and the wellbeing of our loved ones, many of us are understandably worried about the financial future. Recent stock market volatility is worrying for all investors, but especially for…

What’s happening to the tapered annual allowance?

There has been much talk in the financial press recently of proposed changes to the tapered annual allowance. The taper was introduced in 2016 and gradually reduces the annual allowance for high earners. For every £2 of adjusted income above £150,000 a year, £1 of annual allowance is lost. It…

Can I afford to retire?

Retirement has repeatedly been labeled as “the longest holiday of your life.” But appealing as that sounds, do you have enough money to pay for the holiday? Research by one leading insurance company shows that 69% of people aged 50 plus are worried about their income in retirement. Many people…

Why business owners and Directors fail to plan their retirement

Company directors and owners of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) make plans and do forecasts all the time. Cash flow forecasts, SWOT analyses (a technique used to determine and define strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats), plans for renewals and refurbishment; there’s hardly a day when they’re not eyeball to eyeball…
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