Thinking ahead when it comes to retirement planning is vital for anyone who wants to enjoy a financially comfortable life in their later years and pass on their legacy to the next generation in a tax-efficient and sensible way.
However, there are a confusing array of retirement planning options available and savers are sure to face a number of complex tax challenges along the way.
Nevertheless, at a time when life expectancy is on the rise and healthcare is forever evolving, many Britons are living for 20 to 30 years after they retire, which is why making adequate preparations for retirement is now more important than ever before.
Here are a few things to consider:
Investing in property
Those who decide to invest in property need to factor in the costs of Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) on additional property purchases, and the phasing out of mortgage interest tax relief if they intend to let out a property in order to supplement their retirement income.
Similarly, anyone who is investing in a property with a view to selling it on needs to plan ahead for the Capital Gains Tax (CGT) implications of this.
Keeping on top of your pensions
Pensions are one of the most important aspects of retirement planning. But equally important is structuring your investments in a tax-efficient way and ensuring that the contributions you pay towards your pensions benefit from tax relief where appropriate.
Life insurance and medical insurance
It is important to consider the benefits of life insurance, long-term care and medical insurance in order to safeguard yourself and ensure that you and your family are guaranteed a good quality of life.
Business succession and exit planning
If you are a business owner, you might wish to pass your business on to other members of your family when you retire, or sell the business on. Whatever your wishes, you will need to seek specialist tax advice and plan ahead accordingly from an early stage to avoid facing unfavourable tax consequences.
Passing on your legacy in a tax-efficient way
Drafting a Will can help you to ensure that your estate is passed on in line with your wishes when you die. However, you will need to think about the Inheritance Tax (IHT) implications of passing on your legacy and plan ahead accordingly.
In England and Wales, each individual is entitled to a tax-free allowance of £325,000, above which estates will attract IHT at a rate of 40 per cent. Fortunately, there are various ways you can mitigate your IHT liability, such as by leaving money to a charity in your Will or passing property down to direct lineal descendants using the residence nil rate band (RNRB).
Good investment and future planning is hard work, which is why it is always best to seek specialist advice at the earliest possible opportunity.
To find out more about how Kirk Newsholme Financial Planning can help, please contact Richard Leonard at Richard.Leonard@knfp.co.uk or by calling 0113 204 4215.