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Lifetime allowance concerns for pensions

22 November 2017 / Mike Thexton
Issue: 4625 / Categories: Comment & Analysis
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KEY POINTS

  • The problems when clients’ pension funds are at the lifetime allowance limit.
  • A buoyant stock market can increase pension values and cause a problem.
  • A further benefit crystallisation event will apply to drawdown funds on the 75th birthday.
  • Significant difference in inheritance tax liability if money is taken from pension fund.
  • Explaining the tax rules is not regulated investment advice.

I don’t aspire to advise high net worth individuals. None of my clients has a superyacht or private plane. I’m happy dealing with people who earn little enough not to have had their personal allowances withdrawn. But a couple of my clients have a ‘problem’ with their pension funds – they have hit the lifetime allowance (LTA). This is a tricky area because advising on the pensions themselves involves investment...

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