We act as a professional trustee of our SSASs to ensure the scheme is kept compliant with tax legislation and our co-trustees are kept informed of latest developments. As part of this service, we provide scheme administration including dealing with regulatory returns as well as member and investment transactions.
With over 2,170 current clients, we have built up a huge amount of experience in dealing with these schemes and the variety of investments that are held within them. Our clients own over 2,750 commercial properties within their portfolios and every year we agree to around 80 loans back to a business owner’s company.
Our SSAS clients include:
For some clients, we simply act as scheme practitioner, essentially being an appointed agent to act for the trustees to submit regulatory returns. We are happy to provide consultancy advice to trustees, noticeably where there has been an issue with non-compliance with rules in the past. We no longer set up schemes unless we are appointed as professional trustee given the new HMRC requirement that essentially means there needs to be a skilled pension person associated with the scheme.
We have been awarded a 'silver’ rating by independent assessor Investor in Customers - awarded as a result of an independent assessment of excellence in the field of customer service and customer relationships.
The FCA’s Consultation Paper of January 2019 sets out their second proposed package of ‘remedies’ arising from their Retirement Outcomes Review. To what extent have they made up their mind and why is the Paper virtually silent on seeking advice?
The FCA outlines the changes pension providers need to apply to literature and processes, aiming to improve consumer engagement with their pension income decisions, as well as making the cost of drawdown products clearer and product comparisons easier.
Two years on from the government’s announcement that it intended to ban pensions cold-calling, the regulations introducing the ban have finally been approved by Parliament, and took effect from 9 January 2019.
Our Executive Pensions team has considerable experience in advising head teachers and senior staff on their pension benefits. This briefing note covers recent, substantial changes in the pensions legislation directly affecting such high-earners.
After you have received your annual SIPP statement it's a good time to review your pension arrangements and possibly make some adjustments.
A look at what needs to be considered before investing in commercial property as part of a SSAS or SIPP scheme.
While a dearth of pension changes in the October 2018 Budget is generally a welcome thing, our Pensions Technical Specialist James Jones-Tinsley looks at key issues the Chancellor won’t be able to keep dodging and explains why they matter to financial advisers and their clients.
The tax year end is the time when most people examine their personal and company finances. To help professional advisers be ready for client questions at a time when every minute counts and we’re hosting a live webinar with a strong technical focus.
A short round-up of topical matters regarding pensions; particularly given the political and economic backdrop arising from the General Election result, and the start of the Brexit negotiations.
One of the important things to remember with drawdown is that your pension fund may be tested more than once against the lifetime allowance (LTA): once when you go into drawdown and again when you reach age 75.
Using pension savings to purchase a commercial property to “leaseback” to a company, is often a useful way to provide that company with a welcome cash injection.
Limited companies may be liable to a Corporation Tax bill when selling commercial property. Similarly, an individual may incur a Capital Gains Tax (CGT) liability on corresponding gains.
We have been awarded an AKG** rating of ‘B’ for the third consecutive year, indicating that our financial strength has been deemed “strong”.
For another year, both our SSAS and Flexible SIPP have been awarded a five-star rating from Moneyfacts. The ratings reinforce our strong position as a provider of quality services within the self-invested pensions market.
For the sixth consecutive year, we are delighted to have been 'Highly Commended' as Best SSAS Provider at the Investment Life & Pensions Moneyfacts Awards.