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Govt says scrapping stamp duty on UK funds will boost pension pots by 1.3%

Treasury financial secretary Sajid Javid says a saver over 45 years could find an extra £4,500 in their pension pot.

The Government estimates its abolition of the schedule 19 stamp duty reserve tax on investment funds could boost retirement pots by 1.3 per cent.

In this year’s Budget Chancellor George Osborne said the 0.5 per cent special stamp duty reserve tax, which applies to collective investment schemes when investors sell units that are then reissued within a two-week period, will be scrapped on 1 April 2014.

The Government says the move will save the asset management industry £145m in the 2014/15 tax year, £145m in 2015/16, £150m in 2016/17 and £160m in 2017/18.

Asset managers have consistently flagged schedule 19 as one of the main obstacles to establishing new funds in the UK.

Labour has attacked the move as an attempt to “subsidise the richest” and has promised to reinstate the tax if elected in 2015.

Responding to a written parliamentary question on what calculation the Treasury had done on the tax’s impact, Treasury financial secretary Sajid Javid said the Government actuary’s department had carried out an independent assessment.

He said: “They calculate that a typical 22-year-old currently earning average weekly earnings and investing the equivalent of 10 per cent of gross income each year over a 45 year period would see a fund value that is £11,200 greater at retirement as a result of these changes.

“This is equivalent to approximately a 1.3 per cent uplift in their total fund at retirement. In current money terms that is equivalent to an additional £4,600.” 

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