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Whether or not an attorney can appoint a discretionary investment manager is a question that has come up a number of times over the last couple of months. 

In his second article for this new column for SIPPs Professional, leading SIPP and SSAS figure Martin Tilley, a director at Westbridge, looks at how selling a business can affect SSAS planning:

It is nearly 50 years since the concept of the Small Self-Administered Scheme (SSAS) was introduced and, despite their unique features as a retirement planning vehicle, it remains a much underused tool in the Financial Planning process. 

One of the big headliners in the Spring Statement was the cut in basic rate income tax from 20% to 19% from April 2024.

In the first of a new column for SIPPs Professional, leading SIPP and SSAS figure Martin Tilley, a director at Westbridge, looks at the dangers of cutting costs on property valuations:

The new fiscal year is often a time for SSAS and SIPP repricing, leading to the inevitable need for advisers to reassess their preferred SSAS and SIPP partners, writes Martin Tilley.

With 5 April rapidly approaching social media and inboxes are full of the usual “top ten tax year-end tips” headlines. For those who are organised the planning has long been done, allowances used as fully as possible and it’s time to sit back.

Writing an article on “decoupling” in the same month as Valentine’s Day feels a bit “bah humbug” – but rest assured, I'm talking about the link between taking tax-free cash and using pensions to provide an income that faces the prospect of being torn apart, not any romantic relationship.

Towards the end of last year the FCA published its much-delayed consultation on non-workplace pensions. The consultation proposes two major changes – the first relates to default investments and the second to cash warnings.

Back in May I talked about the FCA’s proposal to get more people using Pension Wise guidance before they accessed their pension. My point then was that the timing of the “nudge” was all wrong – when an individual contacts their provider to access their pension, they have already made their mind up what they want to do.

In the space of 24 hours earlier this month we had two new pieces of legislation which impact pension transfers. The fireworks started early on the anniversary of the discovery of the gunpowder plot, with the publication of the Finance Bill (No. 2) which includes the new rules on changes to normal minimum pension age (NMPA). Bonfire Night itself caused less of a bang with the introduction of the new rules on the statutory right to transfer.

The decision to raise the normal minimum pension age (NMPA) from 55 to 57 was announced back in 2014 at the same time as Pension Freedoms. Clearly this wasn’t the big headline at the time but now we have draft legislation we are seeing news stories as some of the complexities of how the change is being implemented come to light.

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