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What would you do?
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Age 70 last November my wife has flexible drawdown with Halifax Life. She put the full value of her fund into their money fund to avoid any stock market losses (good job considering recent fluctuations). Halifax have told her they will not handle her account after age 75. Since her retirement she has taken just enough income from her plan so added to her state pension, her small NHS pension and savings she has not paid any tax. We estimate that if she does the same for the next four and a half years she will have in excess of £25000 left in her account. She has no interest in buying an annuity at 75 and would rather deplete the fund to nil, so one choice seems to be to take income now of £7,200 pa, pay tax of about £733 but not pay tax on her savings, this will leave about £13,500 at 75 which if she took out in one lump would attract 40% tax. Second choice would be to divide the fund up, withdraw enough each month to deplete the fund at 75 but pay tax on her savings as well as her drawdown. She already has ISAs and regular savings with our current account and any excess income would be going into low interest savings accounts! What would you suggest?