Articles by Helen Morrissey

Can I still claim my late husband’s contributions to top up my pension?

Wednesday, 05 June 2019 | Question and Answer

When you talk about your pension, I am assuming that you are referring to your state pension.

Can I cancel my annuity and take a lump sum?

Wednesday, 15 May 2019 | Question and Answer

Unfortunately, the decision to purchase an annuity is, in the vast majority of cases, irreversible so you would be unable to cancel it.

Should I combine my two pensions?

Wednesday, 06 March 2019 | Question and Answer

While amalgamating pensions can be a good idea in terms of saving on fees and reducing complexity, you need to carefully consider it and take advice if necessary.

Can I cut the tax on my pension withdrawal?

Wednesday, 23 January 2019 | Question and Answer

You don’t say whether you are currently working or not.

I’m 65. Should I take my pension pot now or save it elsewhere until I do retire?

Wednesday, 19 December 2018 | Question and Answer

The pension freedoms introduced in April 2015 gave unprecedented flexibility to how people take their income in retirement.

Is gifting to your kids before going into care considered hiding assets?

Friday, 07 September 2018 | Question and Answer

It is completely understandable that your parents want to get their finances in order now they have been taken into care. But they will need to be careful not to fall foul of council rules on deprivation of assets.

I took a pension withdrawal and paid tax when I shouldn’t have

Wednesday, 18 July 2018 | Question and Answer

As it currently stands, there are two options available to people looking to take ad hoc withdrawals from their pension pot. These are called flexi-access drawdown and uncrystallised funds pension lump sum (UFPLS).

Can I pay into my pension, get government tax relief then withdraw both sums - and do it again every year?

Wednesday, 27 June 2018 | Question and Answer

Yes, in theory you can do this, but you should be aware that the whole area of pension recycling is one that the government is looking at carefully.

Should I take a lump sum or enhanced payment from my deferred state pension?

Monday, 19 March 2018 | Question and Answer

It’s worth highlighting that the lump sum option is only available to those who reached state pension age before 6 April 2016.

Should I make up the shortfall in my National Insurance Contributions?

Friday, 16 February 2018 | Question and Answer

Making voluntary NICs can prove good value for those who aren’t heading for the full state pension.