There comes a time when you stop working for your money and put your money to work for you. For most people, that is retirement. The decisions you make then could have repercussions for the rest of your life, and recently there have been some major changes to the choices you can make with your pensions. Your retirement could turn out to last considerably longer than you think.
The changes revealed just two years ago in the 2014 Budget were described by some retirement planning experts as a pensions revolution. The radical proposals came as a surprise and were designed to alter the retirement landscape by breaking the link between pensions and annuities.
Automatic enrolment has ‘changed the UK workplace forever,’ according to the National Association of Pension Funds (October 2013). The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) estimates that the new rules ‘could almost double private pension income by the time people now starting work reach their retirement.’ No employer – however small – can afford to ignore these changes.
If you find more and more of your income is taxed at over the basic rate, you are not alone. The point at which you start to pay 40% income tax is £43,000 for 2016/17, which is lower than six years ago – it was £43,875 in 2010/11. You may also be feeling the impact of the tax on child benefit, which applies to those earning over £50,000, and you may be subject to the withdrawal of the personal allowance on income over £100,000.
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