You can release cash from your pension, but there is a host of other options available also. Pension Services is here to help you discover the different types of release options that are available to you. Each option will be presented to you dependent on your situation or criteria, and in many cases it is possible to release a cash lump sum. Contact our Pension Services team today and we can talk through the process. When you retire you are given a fixed sum of money that is paid on a regular basis, and this is your pension. Many UK customers are not entirely sure how to release their pension, but in reality there are many routes that are now available due to the way pensions in the UK have changed, and evolved in the past 12 months.
Here is some of the help available via our pension release services:
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Early pension release is when money is taken out of your pension plan before you retire. You never know when you may have to take funds out of your pension, and you may not plan to take any funds from your pension until you retire, but then you find yourself in a financial crisis… So using a personal pension to help withdraw money from your pension may be your best bet, as well as a good option for you. There are many ways in which you can withdraw money from your pension, some methods are legal and some are not illegal – so it is very important to know what you can and cannot do! We can help you with that and explain the options to you in more detail. If are older than 55 then you can legally take money from your personal pension fund. However, if you are under 55 and you need to take a cash lump sum then there maybe a strict criteria that you will have to meet in order to achieve that. We have a range of options that will allow you to possibly withdraw or release your pension fund. Contact us today for further help. If releasing cash from your pension is something you want to do then contact our team today, you can talk to us about the various options available to you, and see which one is more suited to you.
Some people call it pension releasing while others call it pension unlocking. Whichever one you know it to be, it means the same thing. Releasing your pension or some times it is know as; ‘unlocking’ simply refers to the means of taking out money from your pension scheme(s) any time before you retire. This could be done either in a legitimate way which can result you paying a higher tax rate, but you need to be very careful because there are companies that may provide a fraudulent route of releasing your pension.
The new pension rules mean that individuals are now able to release their pension. In this new rule, you are legally allowed to access the money you have in your pension scheme(s) only if you are above the age of 55. However, there are channel and methods in which you can release your pension earlier but this can result in a high tax bill. In the event that you are under the age of 55, the only criteria for you to access your pension funds is on health grounds (poor health status). This new rule has given “pension liberation scammers” who affirm that they know how to release pension early the opportunity to exploit the innocent, ignorant and people who do not fully understand the pension release rules. Pension scammers will tell you they can help you with your pension when you are below 55 or your retirement age. The UK government can impose huge taxes and other charges for “helping” you to release your pension before your retirement age.
There is a lot of noise and media attention going around on pension releasing at the moment. Some information and adverts by scammers are misleading and talk about knowing how to release pension early….Be informed and be careful when dealing with 3rd party release websites. We have provided a downloadable link below about; ‘pension liberation’ to help keep you informed!
The following are signs to know that you may be dealing with a scam:
• When you either receive unsolicited phone calls or text message or when approached all of a sudden by an individual(s).
• When a pension adviser seem forceful and speaks confidently about knowing how to break the rules and regulations guiding the pension scheme (claiming to know how to take the back door to access your money)
• When anyone tries to convince you that he or she can assuredly help you access your pension without paying a tax bill.
• When a company suggests to offer you a cashback, saving advance or a loan from your pension, take to your heels!!!
• When reference is made to new investment techniques, oversea investment or loopholes. This clearly fraudulent.
Don’t fall prey to these folks. Wait until you are allowed to before opting for a pension release.
You maybe able to release your cash from your pension before 55, but you could face a 55% tax bill! The normal retirement age varies and is determined by different factors which could be due to personal or work related reasons. However, when it comes to pension release, the age at which you are permitted to take out money from your pension is determined by the rules governing your workplace, stakeholder or personal pension scheme including the date in which the pension started. Generally, retirement age is often between 60 or 65 although it could be lower than that. From a legal perspective, you are permitted to access your pensions from the age of 55 although some schemes do not allow this; hence, you will have to transfer your pension to another scheme before you can access your money. Speak to your pension trustee, administrator or employer to know what options are available for you to opt in.
These are two different things entirely. The fact that you are 55 or above does not automatically guarantee that pension releasing is the best decision to take. You could make a decision for a releasing a pension once you are about 55 and above but there is a tendency that you may be doing this for the wrong reason. So if you have not yet gotten to your retirement age (and even if you have) and you are considering dipping your hand into your pension pot, we will advise you give response to the following ten questions:
1) What penalties will I have to pay if I do a take early release now?
2) What will be the cost to hire an adviser?
3) What are the continuing charges that may apply to my pension releasing?
4) Could I possibly find other alternatives to getting the money I seek?
5) What are the charges attached to my early pension release?
6) Must I try to get the money out by all means possible?
7) What will be amount of retirement money I will be getting now (for those below the age of retirement) and what will be its value if I leave all the money until I reach my retirement age?
8) Will the little money which will be coming as income be enough to cater for your living costs?
9) Do you have a knowledge of how your pension scheme works? If you do not know how it works, you could be signing up for a miserable retirement years if you release your pension early even though you are qualified.
10) For an early pension release, what are the penalties involved?
It is imperative that you consult with a competent financial adviser. They know better than you. They know the rules and will be helpful in recommending the best action plan for you. If you are considering releasing your pension without advice, then it means you have minimal protection and if you things turn out badly, say you fall into the hands of scammers, you will have to bear the loss alone and this may spell doom for your finance.
Pension release or Pension unlocking permits you to take a portion of your pension before you attain the age of retirement. If your scheme is a final-salary type, then you will have to transfer your funds to a personal pension before completing the transaction. You may decide to take 25% of your pension fund in form of a tax-free lump sum while you use the rest to purchase an annuity or you may decide take an income from your fund as the needs arises. Otherwise, after taking your 25% tax-free lump sum, you could invest the remainder of your pension then plan to buy an annuity sometime in the future. On the other hand, Pension liberation is a situation whereby the whole of your pension fund is converted into money. Legally, it impossible to liberate your whole pension fund before you reach your retirement age. So any company that claims to be able to assist you with this is nothing but a scam. People between the age of 60 – 75 may be able to access their funds via the “trivial communication rules” if their total pension funds are valued at £18,000 or less. However, they should be prepared to lose three-quarter of this to income tax. Likewise, you may be able to collect your own pension contributions back if you leave your employer after less than two years of service. Conversely, do not expect to receive your employer’s contributions and certainly, you will be will be taxed on the amount you receive.
1. Amount totaling more than £10,000 could be lost in taxes and fees
This is the deal. If you are going to be having a pension liberation before you are 55, be ready to lose 25% of your pension as this is sometimes viewed as an unauthorized payment. If you choose to wait to be 55 or over, you will not be charged in any way and accessing your pension will be totally tax-free. So you can decide to pay or avoid a heavy tax on your pension release. The tax you’ll have to pay could be as high as 55%. This is because you will have to pay charges up to 30% to the firm that completes this transaction for you.
2. ANY SPAM MESSAGE OR COLD CALL ON PENSION LIBERATION SHOULD BE IGNORED
The mode of operation of pension scammers usually is to engage the public via advisers who they believe the public can get them their desired result. They send spam messages, employ cold calling or pay heavily for Google ads. They basically promise that they can activate a pension liberation before the age of 55. Stay alert! There are no loopholes to pension liberation. Follow the due process. Anyone who suggests this is highly illegal as such does not exist!
3. YOU CAN MAKE A U-TURN IF YOU HAVE MADE A MOVE, HOWEVER YOU HAVE A 30-DAYS ULTIMATUM
Firms who claim to know how to release pensions (all of it) will most likely not tell you that you have the right to renege on your decision. You usually have 30 days to make up your mind. If you choose to revert your decision, contact your former pension organization to restore your pension. Although some pension firms may not approve this move. So make up your mind on time because as soon as your pension is released within a 30 day period, you will be unable to do anything and be ready to lose 55% of your funds to the taxman.
4. IF YOU DO NOT TAKE ALL OF YOUR PENSION AT ONCE, WHAT YOU HAVE LEFT WILL ONLY BE AN INVESTMENT WITH A HIGH RISK.
If you are deciding not to take all of your pension funds before 55, the remaining funds you will be leaving behind will most likely be invested in highly uncertain and dangerous, loose investment buildings which is usually based abroad. When this happens, you may end up losing your remaining pension totally if these investments are unsuccessful.
5. PEOPLE WITH HEALTH ISSUES CAN LEGALLY GET A PENSION RELEASE EARLY
One of the legitimate conditions that can allow you access your pension funds is when you are terminally ill. There are other circumstances that could help you to naturally release pension early before you are 55. Do take financial advice even if you feel your circumstance is valid enough to warrant a pension release. Leaving the pension as it is could be a better choice.
AVENUES YOU COULD EXPLORE BEFORE MAKING A DECISION FOR A PENSION RELEASE OR A PENSION LIBERATION
• Selling your properties: Have you thought about this? You could explore this to your advantage. Look at properties that are not in use by you and sell them off to raise funds. Sometimes we harbor assets until they become liability to us. Why not raise a little fund from that to offset your debt or to pay for pending bills.
• Search for ways to borrow cheaply: Be smart when borrowing. Search for ways to borrow money at a reduced rate. This will really reduce your financial burden as interest rates could be near reasonable range.
• Take counselling on debt and get help: You are not an expert, check with a financial adviser before it becomes too late.
• What of if you live in a smaller apartment: A reduced lifestyle can be of immense help especially when in financial needs. You could try living in a smaller apartment. Interestingly, what you will find out is that your expenses will be drastically reduced as compared to living in your present apartment which consumes a lot of cash on maintenance and other things.
• Reducing your monthly payment on mortgage
• Doing a money remodeling
There you have it! Now you know any company that claims to know how to release pension early before the age of 55 and above can only be a scam. Don’t lose your money. Be wise and smart. Get informed and take advice as much as you can before authorising a pension release.