Karen Barrett, chief executive of unbiased.co.uk, comments on Steve Webb's suggestion of a flat rate tax relief on pensions

12 Feb 2015

“If these proposals for a flat-rate tax relief on pension contributions go through we’ll see a more streamlined system, and this should make it easier for people to understand how tax relief works. Our research with Prudential found that an additional £2.9 billion could be saved annually in tax as a result of more people taking better advantage of the pension tax breaks available. 

“Ultimately, putting the spotlight on pensions will mean people are more engaged and active in planning for their retirement, and although this proposal should go some way to encourage more basic rate tax payers to save, I really hope that if it comes to pass it won’t discourage higher rate tax payers from saving into pensions – it’s still the most effective vehicle for saving for retirement.

“This is yet another change in a long string of reforms to the pensions regime. An independent financial adviser is the best option for anyone looking for help to understand and manage their retirement finances in this new and potentially confusing landscape.  Unbiased.co.uk has the most comprehensive database of independent advisers who can give advice on saving for retirement, and on making the most of your money when you do retire.”



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Category: Pensions & Retirement Tagged: Tax Relief, pensions, retirement

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