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Death benefits: Discretion or direction?

Jim Grant – Senior Product Insight & Technical Support Analyst, Royal London  Jim Grant considers the impact of different approaches to nominating beneficiaries for death benefits. When a pension scheme member dies, the scheme administrator has to pay the death benefits to someone. The process of choosing who the beneficiary(ies) should be can either involve the […]

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Govt to examine pensions tax relief fairness

The government has said it will “examine the process for payment of pensions tax relief” in response to concerns low-paid workers in net pay schemes are losing out. Addressing the House of Lords on Monday night, parliamentary under secretary of state for pensions Baroness Buscombe said the government wants to make the most of any […]

Brexit: what to expect in the aftermath

James Dowey, Chief economist & CIO In these very early stages following the “Leave” win any prognosis is by its nature highly tentative. It will be weeks before we are able to measure the acute impact of the result on the UK economy, and there are clearly no close historical parallels on which to base […]

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Time is ticking – making the most of IHT exemptions

As tax year end is almost upon us, have your clients made the most of their inheritance tax (IHT) exemptions? Did you know your clients can give as many individuals as they please £250 each. As long as the gift doesn’t exceed this amount (even by a £1) it doesn’t count in their inheritance tax […]

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