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Tory MP to lodge annuity bill

Conservative MP Edward Garnier will next week lodge in Parliament a private member&#39s bill to remove the compulsion to purchase an annuity at age 75. Garnier hope his Retirement Income Reform Bill will build on cross-party support received by previous annuity bills brought by Tories John Butterfill and David Curry. Garnier is consulting on whether or not the bill will contain an obligation to buy an annuity to cover state benefit entitlement.

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Inheritance tax and estate planning – exemptions and reliefs

By Kim Jarvis, technical manager with Canada Life’s ican Technical Services Team In this article we look at the main exemptions and reliefs that are available on death. Within the article, spouse also means civil partner.   Nil-rate band Under current rules, any part of the estate that falls within the available nil-rate band (NRB), […]

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