Flexi Access Drawdown
You should read our Annuity section first to have a clearer understanding about Annuities
What is a Flexi Access Drawdown
Instead of giving your pension fund to an insurance company in exchange for an income, (annuity) it is possible to leave the pension fund invested and take an “income” from the fund every year.
Why do that?
Until recently is was mainly to defer the Annuity decision and have control over how and when you take the income from your pension fund. However, under the new rules there are some major tax advantages for your descendents that may influence your decision.
If you die before your partner the fund can be used by your partner to carry on Flexi Access Drawdown or buy an annuity for themselves or if you have no partner or they have died before you the fund can be passed to the family free of inheritance tax but may be subject to income tax.
So Flexi Access Drawdown offers great flexibility but they are not suitable for everybody!!!
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