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Northern Society of Chartered Accountants

At the heart of northern business since 1882

Pensions and tax planning

Date: 15 March 2018 13:30 to 16:30

Type: Course, Tax

Organiser: Tyne and Wear

With people living to a much greater age, the government, to try to encourage people to save for the future, changed the pensions’ regime dramatically in 2006.

Unfortunately, this simplified regime became increasingly complicated as layers of anti avoidance measures were introduced in subsequent Finance Acts and Bills putting people off even more from saving for their future. However, in an effort to make saving for a pension more attractive again, the Government decided in the 2014 Budget to look at how funds can be utilised more flexibly in one’s old age rather than just funding an annuity. These changes have dramatically redressed the balance! The system remains horrendously complex but the rules present many opportunities. The course will look at the whole world of pensions to see how they impact upon the advice clients need especially in the area of retirement and estate planning. It is not a financial services course and will not be dealing with products from a financial services aspect but will be looking at how the latest available products can assist the tax planner!


The course will cover:

• Contributions – quantum and pitfalls – Lifetime limits, Annual Allowances, Employer contributions – a quick reminder
• Operation of the scheme including what happens on retirement
• Benefits including taxation problems
• Planning advice – not just registered pension schemes:-
o What else can you save into that could be tax efficient? What about Cash rich companies…. How is ER and BPR developing alongside pensions
o Why spend your pension when you could spend your ISAs?
o LISA v Pension?
o Capital Tax planning in the light of the changes – is it more counter intuitive than you think?

Examples will be used to illustrate the rules and how they work in practice and the planning opportunities that ensue. In view of the number of changes above, the course will not be dealing with offshore pensions such as QROPs nor will it deal with Auto Enrolment. The outline was drafted before the Autumn 2017 Budget which may lead to changes but it is unlikely that all the new freedoms will be withdrawn.

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Newcastle Gateshead Marriott Hotel Metro Centre

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NE11 9XF

Tel No: 0191 493 2233


Bob Trunchion

Bob Trunchion

As head of tax training at Macintyre Hudson Advisory Services and a consultant for MHA Macintyre Hudson (as a Tax Partner), Bob is ideally placed to bring his expertise to delegates seeking greater understanding of issues such as capital tax planning, the tax implications of buying and selling companies, and trusts and share valuation work. Bob acquired an MSc in Management Science at Imperial before qualifying as a chartered accountant with Coopers and Lybrand – now PwC. Since joining MHA Macintyre Hudson, he has become a recognised authority on the ever-changing tax landscape; with national media keen to solicit his opinion on inheritance tax and other tax related matters.

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