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The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is concerned about how pension freedoms are impacting consumers and quite rightly so, especially with regards to those accessing their retirement savings and not taking advice, putting them at risk of running out of money, or worse, being scammed.
Before you think you are reading an old article, I am of course referring to the start of the new tax year. 
HMRC has won a £40m legal case against tax avoidance scheme promoter Hyrax Resourcing Ltd.
Shock revelations, brought to light under the Freedom of Information Act, have suggested more than 100,000 pension savers could be hit with six-figure tax bills following tiny uplifts to their pension.
So it was with bated breath that Chancellor Philip Hammond stood to deliver his November Budget speech. Rumours has been swirling for weeks that pensions could be hit with changes to taxation. It was suggested that this would be to pay towards the NHS deficit among other things. It was with great relief that when he sat down and we reviewed the actual Budget papers that this was all just speculation and there was little impact. This can only be a good thing as any meddling impacts the distrust that consumers have for the pensions system and makes it difficult for advisers to plan for the long term with clients. How many times have we heard that PCLS or tax-free cash as it is more commonly known will be scrapped? Every Budget for as long as I can remember.
On Valentine’s Day this year I received not only a lovely card and flowers from my husband, but also an email from my financial adviser about a new specialist divorce service they were offering.
Over the last few weeks there’s been a fair amount of noise regarding IHT reforms. First we had The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS)’s call for evidence, and more recently the Intergenerational Commission (IC)’s “Passing on” report on options for reforming IHT.
One of my techie colleagues has recently done some analysis on the most common queries we have dealt with in the department in the last 18 months.
HMRC has taken down a web page, which allows users to check how much money they can put into a pension, after “blunders” were spotted by tax experts at Royal London.

Sipp experts have warned that a provider’s legal triumph in its battle with HMRC over in specie contributions is “not the end of the story”.

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