Private Pension Schemes – A Guide To Choosing One


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Private pension schemes in Germany are generally individual financed pensions. The funds are legally protected and cannot be seized or privatized by the state or creditors. They are also not fully inheritable. Payments to these schemes are tax-free and benefit only the members of the pension scheme. Payments to these funds benefit the member and any dependent children of the member who are members of the pension scheme.

A private pension scheme provides a number of options for retirement income. These include basic, defined and limited pensions, as well as different levels of lifetime annuities. All these contributions are made according to one’s earning potential and these contributions are tax-free when these are made.

Not Limited

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The contributions made to a private pension scheme are not limited in any way. Both immediate and delayed contributions are allowed. The rate of tax on the contributions is also not fixed. However, the basic rate of tax payable on these contributions is higher in private than in public pension funds. Moreover, the lifetime annuities offered by a private pension scheme are usually more attractive than life insurances.

Make Careful Decisions

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It is important to make careful decisions when deciding which private pension scheme to join. This is because joining the wrong private pension scheme can have a significant impact on your financial planning. The first thing you should do is to take a good look at your entire financial picture. You need to have a good idea of what your retirement income will be after taking into account taxes, social security and other relevant charges. Once this is decided, you can move on to the next step which is to consider the rates of return that the private pension scheme you have in mind would offer you. Usually, the best return plans are those that feature both limited and unlimited returns.

Invest In Stocks

Private pension schemes do not usually allow employees to invest in stocks or securities. However, there may be tax relief available for certain types of investments. There is also a class of contributions called the simplified contributions program which allows you to make contributions without having to give details about your earnings. In addition, employees may also choose the option of investment bonds and debentures which offer a similar level of tax relief. It is important, therefore, to carefully check out the terms and conditions of the private pension scheme you want to join as well as the rules governing these kinds of contributions.

Another option available to employees in pension schemes is the so-called self-settled contributions. These contributions are tax free and therefore your money will not be taxed when it is invested. They are usually made within your company’s accounts and are not reported to the government. You may also opt for a limited liability company (LLC) if you have enough assets to set up one. This way, your money will be entirely tax free and it is easy to manage.

Summing Up

In case you are worried about the future security of your pension, then you should consider a lifelong private pension scheme. Under this type of plan, you would get a constant income for your entire lifetime. This is a very good option if you have a large family. The only drawback is that the returns are not very high but if you are confident about your retirement age, this could be a perfect choice.

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