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Are you soon going to retire from your service? If yes, congratulations because you will now have ample time to indulge in your favorite hobbies, but apart from exercising regularly to stay physically fit, you need to think more about managing your finances. You can reduce your tax liabilities to have a sustainable income to live happily. Do not worry because there are some tax-efficient investing strategies that you can follow as a UK retiree. So, let’s have a look.
Understand Your Tax Situation
Before making any decision about following any specific investment strategy, it is wise to have an in-depth understanding of your current tax situation. As a UK retiree, you may have typically more than one income source, which may be taxed differently. Make sure to make the most of the available allowances and exemptions. If you’re married or in a civil partnership, you can also make use of your spouse’s tax allowances to bring down the overall family tax liability.
Convert Your Pension To An Annuity
This will offer you a predictable income that will grow with inflation with a much-needed protection against inflation. Apart from inflation-linked annuities, there are also other types of annuities, such as short-term annuities, joint-life annuities, and so on. However, if you want more flexibility, this may not be an ideal option for you to consider because in case of any emergency, you will have no access to your pension savings.
EIS (Enterprise Investment Scheme)
The EIS offers bountiful of tax advantages, and you can get a 30% income tax relief on your investments. Moreover, it is possible to invest up to £1,000,000 in each tax year. However, if your risk tolerance capacity is low, look for other investment strategies to achieve tax-efficiency post retirement. The reason is that you are required to invest in shares of companies that are mostly start-ups and small businesses.
Also known as UK government bonds, gilts are listed on the London Stock Exchange and are the safest investment option for UK retirees. Although, they do not offer high returns, there is a guarantee of consistent returns. Many people choose gilts as they have a low risk of default and are exempted from capital gains tax (CGT), but recently CGT exemption has been slashed from £12300 to 6000. Moreover, you need to remember that if the inflation rate increases significantly, the value of your Gilt income can erode.
Lastly, it is always wise to diversify your investments across different types of assets to manage risk. Also, tax rules are complex and may change. It is not possible to keep a tab on all these changes and navigate the complexities. So, it is best to hire someone who can create a tailor-made investment strategy to achieve maximum tax efficiency and ensuring you can have money to enjoy the fruits of your labour. Located in London and Crawley, CoreAdviz is a reputed accounting firm that can help you to have a prosperous life after retirement without any stress.