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Self-Invested Personal Pension

Create more opportunities for your retirement by saving more with a SIPP. Annual tax-relievable contribution allowance of up to £60,000.

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The benefits of our Self-Invested Personal Pension

Generous annual tax allowance

Contribute up to your annual allowance of up to £60,000 (depends on total earnings for the tax year and whether or not you have already drawn any taxable retirement benefits).

Pension tax relief*

The government will top up whatever you contribute with 20% basic rate tax relief. Higher-rate and additional-rate taxpayers may claim up to a further 20% and 25% respectively on top through their tax return.* This means £1,000 saved into a pension can cost as little as £550.

Flexible drawdown

Decide how you want to take your benefits at retirement, including the option to withdraw up to 25% as a tax-free lump sum.

Choose where to invest

With a SIPP, you can choose the investment approach, utilising our wide range of options, and how you’d like to contribute.

Our SIPP is ideal for

Accessing money when you’re retired

Start drawing money from your SIPP from the age of 55. If you need access to your money before that, you may want to consider a Stocks & Shares ISA instead.

Growing your pension pot

Create opportunities for your retirement by investing your pension, your way. This could allow you to stop working earlier or travel to those destinations you always dreamed of.

Saving tax

Receive up to 45% tax relief when you make a personal contribution to a SIPP, with 20% paid by HMRC to the pension and any higher and additional rate tax relief reclaimable via your tax return.

What is a SIPP?

SIPP stands for Self-Invested Personal Pension, a type of personal pension ideal for those who want to take more control of their investments for retirement.

What can a SIPP invest in?

Although many other types of pensions limit your investment choice, a Self-Invested Personal Pension allow you to invest in a wide variety of:

  • Funds & ETFs (Exchange-Traded Funds)
  • UK and Overseas Shares
  • Gilts & Bonds
  • Investment Trusts.

This flexibility allows considerable opportunities, but you need to take responsibility for your investment choices, or you can work with one of our Financial Professionals to manage your investments for you. Remember, unlike an ISA, SIPPs are for the long term, as they don’t allow you access to your money until retirement age, which at the earliest is 55. This is set to rise to 57 in the future.

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Pension plans can seem complex at times but a conversation with a Financial Professional can help you manage your tax affairs as efficiently as possible. Explore our retirement planning services to ensure you have enough money saved to get the retirement you want.

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We have a wide range of investment services, offering you the flexibility to be as involved as much or as little as your like.

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I would like to manage my own investments

Invest in your future using our first-class investment platform and app. Securely manage your portfolio online, with no minimum investment level.

  • You will have access to our platform and dealers to make your investment decisions.
  • You can construct your investment portfolio from a wide range of investments, from stocks & shares, funds, ETFs and more.
  • Our low platform fee is a maximum 0.35%, with savings available through our loyalty programme.
  • No minimum investment.
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Entrust a dedicated expert to make investment decisions on your behalf.

  • You’ll have direct contact with your investment manager, speaking directly to the person responsible for your portfolio.
  • We’ll construct a portfolio based on your personal circumstances, investment objectives and risk appetite.
  • We can accommodate your investment preferences, such as responsible and ESG investing; also allowing you to hold your cherished holdings.
  • Minimum investment £200,000.
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Get support from our experts when choosing your investments with either our Advisory Managed or Advisory Dealing Services.

  • You’ll take responsibility for your portfolio with as much or as little support from us as you want.
  • We’ll provide advice on your investments based on your personal circumstances, investment objectives and risk appetite.
  • We can accommodate your investment preferences, such as responsible and ESG investing; also allowing you to hold your cherished holdings.
  • Minimum investment - £200,000.
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Frequently asked questions

You are eligible to open a SIPP account as long as you are a UK resident under the age of 75. You may contribute to as many pensions as you like simultaneously but please be aware of your personal contribution limits and the annual and lifetime allowances.

Investments held in SIPPs are free from income tax and capital gains tax. When paying into your SIPP you will also receive government tax relief, with the amount depending on your circumstances. The government automatically tops up eligible contributions with 20% in pension tax relief, with any further higher or additional rate relief reclaimed by you.

Firstly you get tax relief on your personal contributions to your pension, please read further details on this in the "How does tax relief work?" FAQ.

In addition, you won’t pay capital gains tax on any profits and there’s no tax on dividends from shares or the income earned on bonds.

From age 55 onwards (57 from 2028), you have the option of making unlimited withdrawals. Typically you may take 25% of the pension tax-free and the rest is taxed as income. Our SIPP gives you the flexibility to make withdrawals as you wish - the whole fund may be taken as a lump sum, smaller lump sums or a regular income. Please note a pension may need to last throughout your retirement to find out if you have enough, try our pension contribution or drawdown calculators.

You can pass on the remainder of your pension tax-free to your heirs. Any residual monies left in your pension when you die can typically be passed to your heirs free of an inheritance tax charge. Any withdrawals your heirs then make will usually be tax-free if you died before you were aged 75. If you die when aged 75 or older any withdrawals will be taxed as income at their marginal rate.

Any UK resident under the age of 75 qualifies for basic rate tax relief of 20% on pension contributions up to applicable limits. Higher-rate and additional-rate taxpayers may claim up to a further 20% and 25%, respectively, back through their tax return. Tax year rates of tax and pension tax relief for Scottish taxpayers differ from the rest of the UK. For more information please refer to our guide.

Yes, you can transfer existing pensions to a SIPP to consolidate and manage your pension investments, but there are certain pension types that are inappropriate and not in your interest to transfer. These include workplace pensions where you employer is contributing, schemes with significant exit penalties, and defined benefit schemes with guarantees and other features attached to them that would be lost when transferring.

You’ll only get tax relief on personal pension contributions up to 100% of your UK earnings. There is also an annual contribution allowance to all your pensions of up to £40,000 for most people, dependent on earnings for the tax year and whether you have drawn any taxable retirement benefits. If you’ve already taken money out of a pension, or you’re a higher earner, your annual allowance could be significantly lower. Low or non-earners can also benefit from some basic rate tax relief by contributing a maximum of £2,880 a year (£3,600 after tax relief) to their pension(s).

Charles Stanley has their own SIPPs allowing you to invest in a wide range of investments. You can benefit from a structure that includes all the flexibility permitted by HM Revenue & Customs as regards drawing your benefits, including phasing your retirement.

  1. Charles Stanley Alpha SIPP: available through our professionally managed investment services.

    £250 annual administration charge

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  2. Charles Stanley Direct SIPP: available through our Direct Investment Service.

    £100 + VAT. We will waive our SIPP charge if you have combined assets (excl. joint accounts) across the platform in excess of £30,000.

Alternatively, we partner with a wide range of SIPP providers, contact us to find out more.

A SIPP allows you to invest in wide range of assets, including shares, bonds, funds and investment trusts:

  • Funds, unit trusts and OEICs
  • UK equities listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and the Alternative Investment Market (AIM)
  • Investment trusts and real estate investment trusts (REITs)
  • Gilts and bonds
  • Permanent interest bearing shares (PIBS)
  • Exchange traded products
  • Overseas shares listed on the main European US Canadian and Far Eastern markets

A Bed & SIPP is a method of contributing to your SIPP using shares held in your investment account. On your instruction, we will sell your chosen investments in your investment account, top up your SIPP with the proceeds in cash (which will be eligible for tax relief) and then buy back the shares to the value of the net contribution immediately. Once received the tax relief will be held in the SIPP cash account pending your investment instructions.

You have two main options at retirement: Continue investing and take out money from your pot as and when needed (also known as pension drawdown), or use your pot to buy an annuity that guarantees a regular income for life. It is possible to take up to 25% as a tax free lump sum with the remainder of benefits taxable. Taking pension benefits is a complex issue and any decision must be carefully considered.

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Charles Stanley is not a tax adviser. Information contained within this page is based on our understanding of current HMRC legislation. Tax reliefs and allowances are those currently applying and the levels and bases of taxation can change. Tax treatment depends on the individual circumstances of each person or entity and may be subject to change in the future. If you are in any doubt, you should seek professional tax advice.

The tax treatment of pensions depends on individual circumstances and may be subject to change in future. It is always recommended that you seek advice from a suitably qualified investment professional if you have any doubt as to the suitability of a pension and/or the underlying investments. You should be aware that Stakeholder Pension Schemes are generally available and might meet your needs as well as a SIPP. Please remember the value of investments may fall as well as rise and your capital is at risk.

*Tax relief for Scottish taxpayers differs from the rest of the UK.