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Midlands IFA offers residential property in pension now

Midlands IFA Central Financial Planning is offering a pension
arrangement that allows company directors access to direct
investment in residential property. CFP says the Self Invested Benefit
Arrangement has mandatory Inland Revenue approval because it
follows special rules contained in the Income & Corporation Taxes
Act 1988.

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