SSAS Pension or SIPP?

Although SSAS and SIPP pensions share several similarities, they differ when it comes to their structure and who they will benefit the most.

What is a SSAS Pension?

A SSAS is an occupational pension scheme, usually set up by company directors. In most cases, directors want more control over investment decisions relating to their pensions — even more so if they plan to use the pension to invest in their business. In setting up a SSAS, each member becomes a trustee, which is a requirement under the Pensions Act 1995. The key features of a SSAS are as follows:

    • It is an occupational pension scheme

    • Members are usually directors or employees of the sponsoring employer

    • Every member has a notional share of the funds, including non-insured assets, such as property and Open Ended Investment Companies (OEIC), and insured assets, like Trustee Investment Plans

    • There is a limit of 12 members.

What Is a SIPP?

A SIPP is a personal pension plan, which is usually set up by an insurance company or a SIPP specialist. In this case, a member has greater control over the investments, but, unlike with a SSAS, doesn’t have to be a trustee. Anyone can take out a SIPP, as long as they meet the eligibility criteria, which, due to the higher costs involved in running a SIPP, is usually based on a minimum fund size. Additional features of a SIPP include:

  • A SIPP is a personal pension plan

  • There is the option to invest in non-insured assets, such as property and OEICs, as well as insured assets, like a trustee investment plan

  • The employer of a SIPP member can contribute to their pension plan and may operate payroll deduction on their behalf.

SSAS Pension or SIPP?

So which pension scheme is the best? Well, that depends entirely on who the members are and how much involvement they want in running the scheme. Personal preference comes into play as much as anything else, as well as the objectives you have in mind.

A SSAS is appropriate for you if…

  • Your individual or combined pension fund exceeds £75,000

  • You want to pool your pension fund alongside your spouse, family members or business partner

  • You’d like the option to lend money from your pension back to your company

  • You want to manage your pension fund with a more entrepreneurial approach in mind

  • You would like to purchase commercial property

  • You are looking for professional pension advice

  • You want more flexibility and control when dealing with pension investments

  • You would like to have flexibility in terms of drawing benefits when you’re retired

  • Alternative sources of income are available at retirement.

A SIPP is appropriate for you if…

  • Your pension fund is more than £75,000

  • You are seeking bespoke financial advice

  • You are willing to pay a higher level of charges (a SIPP tends to be more expensive than a “standard” pension)

  • You want more control over your pension investments in the stock market

  • You want flexibility in drawing benefits when you’re retired

  • Alternative sources of income are available at retirement.

Need specific pension investment advice?

Read our guides on SSAS Pensions:

​Still unsure about something? Please don’t hesitate to contact us about enquiries relating to pensions and investments in property. 

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  • Mike Holt and his team have been awesome getting my SSAS set up. All ready to go in record time and looking forward to building the pension pot, tax-free!

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    I’ve pointed a few clients their way that want to release ‘dead’ money from their pensions to invest in higher returns.

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    Many thanks in particular to Gareth and Teresa for their unswerving support advice and guidance over these past few years since I took up the challenge of looking after...
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  • From the very beginning of the journey to re gain control of my pension and earn higher interest, the landlords pension were and still are extremely professional, they made the whole process very easy and explained the whole process. BRILLIANT 5 star service and 2 years on and all is good.

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  • You get nothing but the best advice to use your pension in the correct manner. Setting up a SASS is not as daunting as one would think, it is the best thing I ever did. Being introduced to the Dolphin scheme to make my pension work hard was a no... Read more

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  • i am now coming to the end of my 3rd year with mike and the team at the landlords pension, i have been very satisfied with the performance of my investmentand look forward to much of the same in the future.

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  • Massive thanks to Laura and Teresa in helping set up the SASS. Great communications throughout and always on hand to answer queries.

    We are just about to embark on the investment side of things now the pensions have been transferred into the SASS and the range of investment opportunities give me...
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  • Mike is a very knowledgable and honest person , who I trusted

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  • Gareth and Mike assisted myself and my husband in putting all of our Pensions into a SASS, Without them we would not have had a clue. Gareth made the process easy and understandable. Thoroughly recommend. 🙂

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  • Simon King has been a great help to us in setting up our SSAS which we are planning to use to expand our property business.

    I would thoroughly recommend The Landlord's Pension.

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