The New Pension Reforms – what you need to know

Category: pensions & Uncategorized

1. You can now take your defined contribution pension how you like

From April 2015, withdrawals from your pension will be treated as income and you can withdraw what you like; the amount of tax you will pay on what you withdraw will depend on the amount of other income you have in that year, as long as you are 55 or over. Previously, full withdrawals were taxed at 55%.

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What is a Self-Invested Personal Pension (SIPP)?

Category: Investments & pensions & Uncategorized

Self-Invested Personal Pensions (SIPPs) are designed to give you greater control over your retirement savings. With a SIPP you can choose from a wide range of high quality investments, manage them for yourself and consolidate your existing pensions in one place. A SIPP is different to other pension saving forms and can give you more control over your pension through a provider with a wide range of funds and the flexibility to manage your own investments.

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State Pension changes in 2016 – can I top up my pension?

Category: pensions & state pensions & Uncategorized

A new initiative allows people who reach the state pension age before April 2016, to top up their pension. This includes those that are already drawing the state pension. The Government is allowing retirees to buy extra state pension by paying so-called Class 3A voluntary National Insurance contributions between October 2015 and April 2017. This will help people reaching state pension age before April 2016 who will not receive the new flat-rate state pension.

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