Make the most of pension tax relief before it is too late

Anyone over 40 is now entitled to a free NHS mind and body health check every five years, at which they might expect to receive the cheerful advice – “use it or lose it”. A wealth adviser or manager looking to keep your finances in top condition might declare the same of your pension.

Ask Money: what are the tax rules for my overseas family?

November 24, 2018

I have a fairly substantial Sipp that I do not need to access for the foreseeable future, and I therefore plan to use it for inheritance planning purposes. I am 68, and I understand that if I die before the age of 75, the entire Sipp can be given to my nominated beneficiaries free of tax. 

How to minimise tax at retirement

People could end up paying 200 times more tax, depending on how they decide to access their retirement income, according to research by the Pension Policy Institute (PPI).

The findings were based on the tax that someone would pay if they fully withdrew their defined contrition (DC) pension, compared with annuity purchase.

ETF investors: don’t get caught out by the wrong domicile

The taxation of investments is a complex matter, but this shouldn’t stop investors from carrying out basic due diligence during the exchange traded fund (ETF) selection process to avoid unwelcome effects on returns.

UK investors have access to a wide array of ETFs listed on the London Stock Exchange. But being listed on the local UK exchange is no guarantee of tax efficiency. Some of these ETFs are listed in London just because it is the trading venue of choice for many international investors, so these ETFs may have been initially designed to suit the needs of non-UK investors.

New tax year 2018/19: Tax and personal allowance changes

Income taxes

The personal allowance, or the amount you can earn tax-free before you start paying income tax, has risen by £350 to £11,850. Pensioners won’t receive a higher personal allowance than other age groups.

You will pay basic rate tax (20 per cent) on your taxable income between £11,850 to £46,350. This means you can earn up to £46,350 before you start paying higher rate tax (40 per cent).