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Do you think the Inland Revenue&#39s compulsory annuity purchase age of 75 is an infringement of human rights?

“Yes. I think it can be very inconvenient. It forces you to take an annuity when you might not want to.”

Andrew Gattward, Thameside

“Probably. But I can&#39t see the Revenue giving all that tax up without a fight.”

David Thompson, sole trader

“No. And this is not the right way to tackle this issue. IFAs should use lobbying bodies such as Aifa to achieve extending the age to reflect increasing mortality.”

Gregory McCrave, Ethical Investment Consultancy

“I&#39m not sure. Perhaps we ought not to have a cut-off date of 75 and the lobbying by the press and the industry will persuade the Government to review it.”

Colin Johnson, Colin Johnson (Yorkshire)

“Yes, It is out of date for one thing, isn&#39t it? We are all suffering because of the drop in rates. It is a priority that the Government do something about this.”

Derek Heaton, Kingswood Financial Services

“It is certainly something the Inland Revenue should look at. As IFAs, we talk to people about flexible retirement but placing compulsion on people takes the flexibility out.”

Philip Horton, Charterhouse Independent Financial Advisers

“Yes, someone of 74 does not have to buy one, so why should someone of 75?” Jim Kane, JA Kane Financial Services

“Yes. There is no real reason for it.”

John Langlands, Johnstone Logie & Millar


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