If you have a reasonably large pension fund or are expecting a pension from your employer of more than £ 25,000 per annum then you really need to listen up…
In his Autumn Statement the Chancellor announced plans to reduce the lifetime allowance from £1.25 million to £1.00 million. If you take the appropriate action later in the year you can keep your £1.25 million allowance. If not it falls to £1.00 million on 06/04/2016.
Why should you care? Because if you don’t get it right any amount over £ 1.00 million will be taxed at 55%. You could feel very stupid if you have worked hard to save and finish up with a preventable tax bill of 55%.
So here are the 5 mistakes you need to avoid if you don’t want that 55% tax bill.
1) Not taking this seriously. There is little you can do today, other than registering your interest with me, but if you do not continue to pay attention next April could arrive and by then it will be too late to take avoiding action.
2) Continuing to make pension contributions after 06/04/2016. That will cause you to lose your protection.
3) Your employer will automatically enrol you in a pension scheme every three years. If you don’t opt out within 1 month you will have lost your protection forever.
4 ) You may be getting tax relief on a life insurance plan. If so you need to stop that plan by 05/04/2016.
5) If you change jobs and as part of your contract your employer puts you into a pension scheme you will lose your protection from day 1 if it is not an automatic enrolment scheme.
There are other less obvious mistakes to avoid.
So what can you do about this? If your adviser is already talking to you about this well done – you are in good hands.
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