Savers aged over 55 from April 2015 will be able to access their pensions with complete freedom. Instead of being forced, under Government rules, to convert savings into a chunks of annual income, they will be able to take out as much as they like, as often as required. Historically, savers with non-final salary pensions – i.e. with pots of money invested in the stock market – have bought annuities. This turned a pension into a regular income that lasted for life.
A small number of wealthier savers were able to avoid annuities and use “income drawdown”, where the money remained invested as an income was taken. However, a cap on withdrawals applied for all but the very wealthiest who had £20,000 annual incomes from other pensions.
From April 2015, savers have three main choices: with all their pension money immediately; leave it invested and take income when required; or buy an annuity. Withdrawals will be liable for income tax. People who have already bought annuities are excluded from the freedoms.
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