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This month we celebrate 15 years since pension simplification was introduced – Happy Crystal Anniversary all!

The Treasury recently released its consultation paper on how the increase in normal minimum pension age (NMPA) is implemented. We have known for several years that the increase from age 55 to 57 was planned to take effect from 6 April 2028, so there is no surprise in the increase itself.

This time two years ago I wrote about when not to use the pension annual allowance. This year this is particularly pertinent.

The first Monday back after the Christmas break has come to be known as “Divorce Day” – this year it fell on 4 January.

Since the death benefit rules changed back in 2015 as part of the Pension Freedoms we have seen a significant fall in the use of bypass trusts.

This last 10 months has been difficult for everyone, one way or another, but for pension schemes with property it has been a particularly difficult time.

I spent several hours one morning this week poring over my old G60 manual to help work out some ‘scheme specific protected tax-free cash’ calculations in respect of some pre-2006 occupational pension scheme benefits for an adviser.

I recently presented a technical webinar on pension transfers which included a look at transfers to qualifying recognised overseas pension schemes (QROPS).

Pension scams are not new but are growing in number and constantly evolving. Thankfully, after a slow start the wheels in motion to combat the scammers are starting to pick up speed.

It seems as if the SIPP sector has been waiting for the judgments on a number of court cases in recent years. As we get clarity on one, we still await another and these can have implications for not only how a SIPP firm operates, but on advisers and their clients.

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