With pensions capped, offshore regular investment
accounts offer a tax-efficient alternative for savers.
Many investors are facing the prospect of not being able to make
further pension contributions or accrue additional pension rights
without breaching the new lifetime allowance of Ł1.5m. Added
to this is the Chancellor's decision to effectively stop
investment in UK-qualifying savings plans. So, what are the regular
savings options now available to those affected?
Planning for the future
Individual savings accounts (ISAs) should be viewed as the
optimum savings vehicle after pensions, but another option that may
appeal to longer-term savers wishing to save more than the annual
ISA allowance is an offshore regular investment account.
An offshore regular investment account can form part of a
long-term financial plan and cater for a variety of scenarios such
as expatriate life, career breaks and school/ university fees, as
well as help with early retirement. Savings can be linked to a
range of investment funds run by leading fund management groups and
can be stopped at any time.
The principal advantage of an offshore regular investment
account is that savings accrue in a virtually tax-free environment.
Tax is deferred until withdrawals are made, but can be managed in
such a way as to mitigate the ultimate tax liability. So, as the
old accountancy maxim goes, tax deferred is tax saved!
A safe haven
With the ability to save tax efficiently being attacked in the
pursuit of increased tax revenues, these non-controversial regular
savings arrangements should be considered as part of an overall
financial plan for those wishing to save for the future.
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