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  • TDQ: Test your knowledge – questions (May 2018 issue)

    26 April 2018

    Professional Paraplanner has teamed up with key training and exam support providers to help you in your training, development and qualifications. Here are this month’s TDQ: Test Your Knowledge questions, published in the May issue of Professional Paraplanner.   These  questions relate to examinable Tax year 17/18, examinable by the CII until 31 August...

  • 5 minutes with… Andrew Pike, NS&I

    22 April 2018

    NS&I is a well known savings and investments brand in the UK but how much do you actually know about what they offer? Ahead of the Technical Insight Seminars where Andrew Pike, head of Intermediary Relationships, NS&I will be presenting at selected venues, we asked him to provide some insight into the Treasury-backed provider. ...

  • Defaqto and Prudential publish guide to drawdown

    18 April 2018

    Financial information group Defaqto has teamed up with Prudential to launch its 2018-19 guide to drawdown. With pension freedoms thrusting drawdown into the spotlight, Defaqto said its structured guide provides advisers with all they need to know when advising on drawdown. The guide explains the death benefit options and their impact on advice, outlines...

  • How pension freedoms overtaxing works

    16 April 2018

    A growing number of pension savers withdrawing cash under the pensions freedoms are being over-taxed and the start of the new tax year is the worst time fall into this trap. As the pension freedoms celebrate their three year anniversary, savers planning to make ad-hoc pension withdrawals in the new tax year risk being overtaxed...

  • Non-advised drawdown risks higher tax bills and running out of money

    9 April 2018

    Pension investors who have been using the pension freedoms to take an annual income may now have more in their pension pot than they started with, but risk running out of money in the long-term, according to Aegon. According to Aegon’s estimates, someone with an average fund of £148,750 may have seen their fund...

  • New paraplanner webinar series from Canada Life to tackle technical and tax issues

    8 April 2018

    Canada Life is launching a series of new webinars specifically designed to answer the most common and difficult questions facing paraplanners.  The company will be running three webinars over the next few weeks via its Paraplanner Academy. These will focus on achieving the right order of gifting, how to get the most from a...

  • Technical: Compliance with HMRC in SIPP connected tenant rent reviews

    27 March 2018

    John Keenan, corporate development manager, Xafinity SIPP & SSAS looks at the importance of ensuring connected tenant rent reviews are always on a ‘commercial basis’ to ensure compliance with HMRC. Many SIPP & SSAS pension scheme properties have ‘connected party’ tenants, in our portfolio it is just over half, and it is easy for...

  • End of tax year action points for pensions, tax planning and child benefits

    21 March 2018

    Action is required by those saving into pensions, tax planning and those receiving child benefits, says Kay Ingram, Director of Public Policy at LEBC. Ingram points out that clients need to act soon to avoid missing out on tax-free savings opportunities, particularly with an early Easter this year cutting into the end of tax...