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Any Answers Answered: Pension contributions and associated company rules


TaxTV's Giles Mooney and Tim Good have plucked a couple of tricky tax questions from the pages of Any Answers to tackle, this month focusing on personal pension contributions and substantial commercial interdependence rules.

8th Dec 2023
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Tax on state pension lump sum: SIPP contributions

The first question comes from AccountingWEB reader duncanphilipstate, who claims to have “an obscure question about an obscure issue”.

Duncanphilipstate asks: “Can pension contributions be used to reduce taxable income to zero in a way which leaves the State Pension Lump Sum untaxed?”

In answering the question, Tim Good points out that this question is relevant to a dwindling band of individuals, but there could be opportunities available for people in their 70s.

Associated companies: Spouse with investment company

The second question concerns AccountingWEB member WhiffoWills, who tells fellow accounting professionals they’re struggling a little bit with the substantial commercial interdependence rules.

In their scenario, Mr X owns 100% of Company A, a trading company of which he is the sole director. Mr and Mrs X own 50% each of Company B, an investment company with commercial property. Both Mr and Mrs X have a role in managing the company. WhiffoWills asks the pertinent question – are they associated?

In his answer, Good states that there are two important questions to tackle: a) who is the chairman of the property investment company  (if there is one); and b) what loan finance (if any) has been provided to the property investment company.

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