Yes, you can take your pension as a lump sum, however, there are tax implications to consider before doing this. If you take the whole of your pension as cash, the first 25% of the pension is tax free, but the remaining 75% is potentially taxable. Please get in touch with us for a more detailed summary around taking the whole of your pension as cash.
The first 25% of your pension fund can be taken as a tax free lump sum. The remainder will be taxed as income, so the rate of tax you pay will be determined by how much income you earn from all sources.
No, at the present time you cannot fully cash in your pension annuity. The Government have announced you will potentially be able to sell your annuity for cash from April 2017. Please refer to the following government website article here.
Cashing in a Final Salary Pension (or Defined Benefit Scheme as they are also known) is a very complex area. This is not something we are currently able to review for you. Our recommendation would be to suggest seeking advice from a local Financial Adviser, or alternatively we have a preferred network of partners we can introduce you to.
If you’re an eligible jobholder, who doesn’t want to join your employer’s workplace pension scheme, you can opt out of the scheme after you have been automatically enrolled.
The new State Pension will be a regular payment from the government that you can claim if you reach state pension age on or after 6 April 2016. You’ll be able to get the new State Pension if you’re eligible and:
- a man born on or after 6 April 1951
- a woman born on or after 6 April 1953