2020-01-17T10:23:15+00:00January 17th, 2020|

Pensions and divorce – looking beyond the settlement

The splitting of pension assets on divorce is complex but with careful planning, it’s possible to identify outcomes that will stand the test of time, for both parties.

Here we look at the main tax implications of pensions (the Lifetime Allowance, Pension Protection and the Annual Allowance) and where the opportunities, and problems, arise both during and after divorce.

2020-01-08T14:09:25+00:00November 21st, 2019|

Pension Annual Allowance

The 6th April will re-set the clock on the annual pension contribution allowance. It’s therefore the time of year to work out what additional income tax relief may still be available from pension contributions. Relief at higher rates of income tax can be significant. But those on higher earnings are subject to a tapering of their Annual Allowance. It’s not a straightforward calculation, with plenty of blind spots which could lead to penalties on excess contributions.

2020-01-08T14:10:06+00:00October 16th, 2019|

Tax efficient life cover for business owners and high earners

Most businesses offer death in service benefits as part of their overall remuneration package. What can often be overlooked is that these schemes are usually set up on a similar basis to a registered pension scheme and could result in additional tax charges of up to 55% in the event of a claim.

Here we highlight how a relevant life policy could be an effective alternative to group life assurance cover.

2020-01-09T17:03:22+00:00September 25th, 2019|

Life assurance – the guaranteed way to cover UK inheritance tax liabilities

Life assurance has proved to be a dependable and non-controversial way to fund future UK inheritance tax liabilities. Can it be as simple as getting through the medical and paying the premiums?

This briefing note looks at the advantages and disadvantages of life assurance and how it can be used to help mitigate UK inheritance tax.

2020-01-08T14:16:49+00:00August 12th, 2019|

Defined Benefit Pensions – Should I stay, or should I go?

Defined Benefit (DB) pensions provide secure index-linked income for life. So why are so many people tempted to give up this guaranteed income for life?

Here we highlight some of the reasons why it could be suitable to transfer benefits from a DB pension to a defined contribution (DC) arrangement.

2020-01-08T14:20:24+00:00April 13th, 2018|

When life assurance leads to a tax charge on pension death benefits

It is not uncommon for beneficiaries and their executors to find that pension benefits are subject to an unexpected lifetime allowance tax charge. This may be due to a pay-out from a death in service scheme, which may seem odd to those who have not yet seen this in practice.

In this Briefing Note we highlight how those potentially affected – higher earners with significant pension assets – should do to avoid this additional tax charge on death.

2020-01-08T14:21:42+00:00October 18th, 2017|

Business loan protection

Good risk management includes planning for events which might seem unlikely today but which could have a huge impact on the business.

Yet a recent report by Legal & General shows that 35% to 48% of UK SMEs do not have adequate cover to protect their debts in the case of death of a shareholding director.

Here we explain why business loan and key person protection plans should form part of a company’s risk management plan.

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