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Optimise Retirement Savings With Tax Planning for Retirement

People are working to achieve personal and career goals. Some people work to learn new skills, develop their abilities, and find connections, while others focus on earning money to provide for their families and pay their bills. 

The working population also values retirement savings. If you start saving for retirement now, you’ll be able to retire with a great pension provider and maintain your current standard of life even if you cut back on your working hours.

Let’s say you’ve worked hard all your life to save money for retirement and now think you’ll be able to relax and enjoy yourself now that you’ve reached that goal.

 

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If that’s what you have in mind, you’re missing out on a critical part of planning your retirement. Please note that taxes might burn your finances if you haven’t made the appropriate investing decisions.

Fortunately, Here at Pearl Lemon Accountants, we offer the financial tools and services that may help you minimise taxes on your retirement income and keep more of what you’ve worked hard for.

Learn more about how we can help you. Book a call now.

Taxes and Retirement Planning: What You Need to Know

The reality is that we have no idea what the future will bring. No one wants to think about the possibility of getting laid off from their job, losing a part of their estate or even worse, being diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, but we all know that life is full of twists and turns. 

Thus, it’s wise to start saving for retirement early.

However, your financial responsibilities don’t end after the retirement date. As a retiree, you must overcome many changes in your daily routine and income, including the contribution you must pay every tax year. Retirement tax liability is determined by your filing status, retirement income sources, and annual income

Now, let’s look at how your pension and other sources of income may be taxed.

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State Pension

Your retirement income may be subject to income tax if it exceeds your personal allowance. This includes your state pension as well as any other pension you receive.

State pension benefits are taxable funds but are typically made without deductions. Once you reach the State Pension age, you are exempt from making National Insurance payments.

Your annual income from all sources will be used to determine your income tax liability. Earnings (including State Pension), rental income, self-employment earnings, the interest you can receive from banks and building societies, investment returns, and other pensions all count.

National Insurance Contribution

National Insurance payments must be made starting at age 16 and continuing until retirement age for a State Pension. Therefore, National Insurance contributions are now not required for those who continue to work after reaching the State Pension age.

Introduced in April 2023, the government has proposed imposing a 1.25% Health and Social Care levy on the income of individuals who continue to work past their state pension age. A pension is exempt from National Insurance contributions.

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Income Tax Relief: Invest in Pensions and ISAs

You can potentially save huge amounts of money in taxes over your retirement years by adopting valuable strategies. Here’s how a taxpayer can do this.

ISAs

Individual Savings Accounts are a crucial tax strategy in retirement. They are much more scalable than pensions but offer no tax relief.

When it comes to reducing taxes during retirement, you can use it in the following ways:

  • If your pension is already more than your taxable income limit, you can use this to augment your income.
  • It allows you the freedom to pay for significant, one-time purchases. Massive withdrawals from retirement funds may leave you a considerable amount of tax.
  • It boosts the profitability of your investment portfolio over time, for instance, by transferring taxable income to ISAs.

Investment Accounts

Investment accounts are a simple and adaptable tax-efficient vehicle for holding financial assets. Providers may allow their clients to store money, stocks, investment, or anything else that satisfies the rules.

You can reduce taxes with the assistance of investment accounts by:

  • Converting your taxable investment accounts to ISAs gradually.
  • Allowing you to take advantage of your annual capital gains exemption to prevent a buildup of gains

Pensions

Your pension will likely serve as the core of your retirement income. How you cash out your pension is entirely up to you. To become eligible for the tax benefits of your retirement funds, consider the following:

  • Take your tax-free lump sum of the payment gradually for years rather than all at once. This means that more of your retirement funds will remain within the tax-advantaged pension wrapper for longer. The overall amount of tax-free cash may increase as investments grow in value.
  • You can get a tax-free withdrawal from your pension plan up to your personal allowance (£12,500 for 2020/21). As a result, you won’t have to worry about paying taxes on your retirement funds. This approach may be suitable if you can access cash and investments to boost your income.
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Avail Tax Planning for Retirement

You can legally reduce your yearly tax bill by using tax planning services. It can help you reduce your tax liability by making the most of available exclusions, deductions, and benefits.

Pensioners need to keep up with the UK’s ever-changing tax code. If you wish to reduce your tax liability, including the tax on your pension after retirement legally, Pearl Lemon Accountants can help you plan ahead.

Pearl Lemon has the expertise and experience to help you make the most of your retirement tax planning options. Contact us to know more.

Pearl Lemon and its Tax-Efficient Services

Wherever you are in the UK, Pearl Lemon Accountants can match you with accountants skilled at offering you thoughtful, simple, and straightforward professional advice in accounting and business. Check out more of the services we can offer:

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Value-Added Tax Accounting Services

Value-added tax, or VAT, is a consumption tax applied to purchasing goods, services, and other taxable items. Value-added tax is an integral aspect of business and can be charged on a wide range of products and services.

By hiring a VAT accountant from Pearl Lemon, you won’t have to worry about anything related to VAT, including registration, choosing a VAT scheme to register for, calculating VAT, and resolving VAT report discrepancies.

Personal Tax Services

With the help of our personal tax services, our consultants will assist you with every aspect of your personal income tax condition, ensuring that you’ll meet all regulatory compliance requirements and avoid a possible penalty.

We offer a personalised service that covers a wide range of tax planning concerns, from those with simple UK tax affairs to those with exceedingly complex individual circumstances.

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Corporate Tax Services

Corporate tax services by Pearl Lemon Accountants are tailored to the specific needs of businesses of all sizes and across all industries. We will ensure that you have a solid financial plan, get the most out of any tax reliefs available, that your compliance needs are satisfied, and that your total tax risk is efficiently handled.

Tax Planning Services

Pearl Lemon can also assist you with the whole corporate tax planning process if you have built a business to sustain investment growth after you reach retirement age.

Pearl Lemon Accountants provides a comprehensive solution for corporate tax compliance. This service ensures that your company is founded in the most tax-efficient manner feasible and that your corporation’s tax liabilities are reduced to the greatest extent possible.

We can represent you in any discussions with the tax authorities and provide advice on the most tax-efficient structure for sales and purchases. To help you flexibly minimise your tax liability, we can also offer guidance on capital allowances and capital gains tax.

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Payroll Services

With Pearl Lemon’s payroll services, all your payroll and related compliance requirements will be taken care of so that you can put your team’s energies into improving your business’s systems and processes.

Our dedicated payroll department has worked in many fields, promising you a wide range of expertise. Pearl Lemon can help relieve the load on your in-house team if your payroll entails complicated loans, expenses, incentives, pension, and other calculations.

We’re flexible enough to handle your payroll needs no matter how often you run it—weekly, fortnightly, quarterly, or monthly—and no matter how many employees you have.

If you want to see more of our services, you can check it out HERE.

Enjoy More of What You Saved Up

By adhering to a well-thought-out financial strategy, you can reduce your tax burden in retirement and accelerate the achievement of your objectives.

Pearl Lemon Accountants has created these tax planning services to help you achieve your retirement goals. Don’t let anyone take away what you’ve worked hard for all your life.

We’d be happy to talk more about how we can help you. Get in touch with us today.

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FAQs

You may relax and enjoy your retirement years with the help of tax-advantaged money in retirement. A retirement income plan can help your money grow over time and give you a steady stream of money in later life. While you’re still employed, access to such a plan can help you save significant funds for your retirement.

Draw from your retirement funds fund up to your tax-free allowance (£12,500 for 2020/2021). Consequently, your pension income won’t be taxed. This works if you have funds and investments to supplement your income.

Introductory rates for tax range from 10% to 37% and apply to your retirement and other forms of personal income.

The crucial parts of retirement planning are the following: generating income, figuring out how much money you will need to live on after you stop working, enrolling in savings programs, and minimising any potential risks. Simply defined, it entails formulating financial plans that will help you save, spend, and invest in line with your long-term goals in the future.

Retiring in March gives you the following benefits:

  • A lower income tax rate
  • Full personal allowance
  • ISA allowance
  • Capital Gains Tax (CGT) allowance
  • Gifting allowance

Here at Pearl Lemon Accountants, we offer the services that best suit gamblers such as yourself.

So what are you waiting for? Book a call now.