Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Fear of Budget good for business

Although the r-word hasn't exactly been good for business, there have been two noticeable trends of recent days and weeks: -

(1) Self-employed people deciding to invest money in Personal Pension arrangements this week, in case the April 7th Budget changes rules on tax relief.

(2) Older people deciding to draw their pension benefits this week, in case the April 7th Budget imposes tax on lump sums with immediate effect.

It seems reasonable to assume that there will be some changes to pension legislation in next week's Budget, though only Brian Lenihan and a select few know what form they will take. But if the fear factor causes a bit of a rush, who am I to complain?

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