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What is an SSAS pension?

A comprehensive guide to Pensions and Investments for Investing in Property

Are you looking for options to invest for the future? An SSAS (Small Self Administered Scheme) is a type of Occupational Pension Scheme with several advantages.

This type of scheme is an attractive option for investors and business owners because it can be tax-exempt. This includes Capital Gains Tax, so investments in property can generate substantial returns. Contributions to the SSAS also receive tax relief (provided some conditions are met). On this page, we will delve into what SSAS is and how to determine if it’s the right option for you.

What is a Small Self Administered Scheme?
An SSAS, properly managed, is a tax-efficient retirement plan. In the past, SSAS were set up by directors of limited companies for the benefit of specific employees. Since pension simplification, Partnerships and Families have also been allowed to start an SSAS. A small number of family members may also join an established SSAS. Members of an SSAS have more control over investment decisions than is usual for pension schemes. It’s possible to invest wisely and make a significant return on your investment.
Who Can Start an SSAS?

An SSAS is trust-based. This means that it is run by a trustee for the benefit of the beneficiaries. In the past, it was necessary to employ a professional trustee. A professional trustee, known as a pensioner trustee, makes sure that the SSAS follows regulations laid out by HMRC.

Nowadays, it’s possible for a member of the SSAS to act as the trustee. This is known as a member trustee.

Much like a traditional pension, an SSAS pension can be invested in various areas, including shares, commodities, corporate bonds and gilts providing investors with a rather attractive array of sources for their pension returns.

What makes an SSAS an attractive option

One of the most attractive USPs for many investors is the ability to take out a loan from an SSAS which can be injected into their limited company for justifiable purposes. However, there are strict rules on how these loans can be administered. These pension loan rules are set and stipulated by the HMRC.

  • The maximum loan term is five years

  • Interest charged on the loan must be at least 1% above the average base lending rate

  • The loan must be secured as a first charge against an asset (or assets) of at least equal value to the loan, plus the loan interest

  • The loan cannot be more than 50% of the net value of the scheme assets

  • Repayment of the loan must be made in equal annual instalments.

If you’d like to invest in property, there are advantages to doing this via an SSAS. As mentioned earlier, a properly managed SSAS is tax exempt, so you do not have to pay capital gains tax. 

Coupled with the ability and flexibility to invest in property crowdfunding and loan note property bonds, an SSAS makes for an even more appealing option. The terms of these types of property investments are between one and five years, with a return of between 6% and 12% per annum.

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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  • Genuine professional people delivering top notch quality customer service accompanied with the all important experience and in-depth knowledge of this business field.

    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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    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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