If you are planning on retiring soon there are a few things you may like to consider before you make any important decisions.
Gather all the information
You need to gather information on all your assets, including pensions as well as savings and investments. Don’t forget to include your State Pension. There are ways to boost your State Pension; such as buying top ups – which apply for women born before April 6, 1953 and men before April 6, 1951. These can increase your state pension by up to £25 a week – so is well worth investigating. You can also get a higher monthly pension by delaying when you take the first payments.
Once you have the paperwork together you will need to consider what you expect to live off. Work out your current living expenses and what you expect to spend more or less on as you leave work as well as your long-term plans for the future.
The Bank of England Base Rate has been below 1% for over eight years causing interest rates to be low which in turn makes retirement saving more difficult. If you find the numbers don’t add up, you could consider increasing the amount you pay in to your pension and/or staying in full-time or part-time work longer than you originally planned until you close the gap.
Usually 25% of your pension can be taken tax free and the other 75% is taxed as earned income.
Getting the right tax advice could help you withdraw your cash in the most tax efficient way. For example, you may be able to take a smaller amount of money from your pension and more from your ISA (which can be tax free).
With many different types of options available for your retirement it can be an overwhelming decision to make the right choice for your needs. We can help you understand all the options open to you and help you avoid risks such as the impact of poor investment market performance both in the run-up and early in retirement or potentially running out of money in retirement.