'How can I plan today to ensure that I do not
encounter cashflow problems regarding paying school fees?'

'How can I plan to have enough money
to pay all the school fees for my children'

Equity Drawdown on Property

  • Funds can be made available from equity in your property where possible.
  • We can arrange a flexible mortgage that withdraws cash only when it is actually required to cover fees, thus minimising the overall cost.
  • This facility to drawdown cash can be used to help fund fees.
  • Another route is to take out a loan. You can get secured or unsecured loans. Secured loans, where you put up collateral to protect the lender against you defaulting are often cheaper than unsecured loans. The most common secured loan is obviously a mortgage, but many people have loans secured against other assets. Remember that the whole point of a secured loan is that if you fail to make the repayments you could end up losing the asset you took the loan out against; missing your mortgage payments could result in your house being repossessed. Unsecured loans, overdrafts and such like are often materially more expensive than secured loans.

For secured loans we act as introducers.

Regular Saving/ Invest a Lump Sum into Tax Efficient Investments

  • Tax relief is not available on school fees.
  • Investments and deposits can often be arranged so that the capital is invested in assets which do not produce any taxable income, or in assets that produce income which is partially exempt from tax. In this way, it is possible to reduce taxable income considerably and therefore the total tax bill.
  • Investment strategies can be structured to take greater advantage of the favourable tax position of investments that are mainly subject to capital gains tax rather than income tax.

Using Your Pension

  • A significant proportion of your pension can be taken as cash at the age of 55 even if you don’t want to draw income at that time.
  • You may also continue to build up your pension fund after the withdrawal of the tax free cash and take further cash payments.
  • You receive tax relief on money paid into pensions; so you can get up to 50% tax relief on your investments. This means that instead of having to invest cash that has been taxed, you can invest, via your pension fund i.e. cash that has received tax relief.
  • The savings are obvious – you avoid tax on the lump sum. If you had a £1,000,000 pension fund and you withdrew a quarter of it you could avoid tax of up to £125,000 (50% of £250,000). That’s a few years of any school fees!
  • Remember that taking money out of your pension will reduce the size of your pension fund and the size of your subsequent pension. Remember also that pension savings are locked away until retirement, whereas you can access regular savings accounts (some of which will charge you penalties if you withdraw funds ahead of schedule).

Gifting from Grandparents

  • Grandparents wishing to contribute to the funding of their grandchildren’s private education can set-up a trust for grandchildren either during your lifetime or in their will.
  • Where capital has been provided by a grandparent, any income credited to the trust is treated as the child’s income. Each child is entitled to their own personal pre-tax income allowance. Similarly capital gains arising are also attributed to the child and therefore each child’s annual capital gains exemption can be applied.
  • Trust planning can be useful for grandparents who wish to achieve Inheritance Tax benefits at the same time.
  • Trusts offer the benefit of transferring the tax liability on future income and capital gains to the children to utilise their personal annual allowances. Chargeable gains on life policies may also be re-assigned, which could avoid a higher rate tax charge. It is important to take advice on the correct trust arrangements for the investments held.
  • It is possible in some circumstances to transfer an existing capital gain to the trust, avoiding the need to settle the tax bill on transfer. The capital gain will later be assessed against the beneficiaries or the trustees; however indexation relief will be lost.
  • Trust planning is not suitable in every situation.

‘School fee’ payment protection to ensure the fees can be paid in the event of serious illness, accident or death

  • Many parents pay the majority of their school fees out of income. Problems arise when the principal parental income ceases due to :
    • – Redundancy
    • – unemployment or accident and sickness
    • – Critical illness
    • – Death
Please contact IDFM on 0845 2706160 for further information
or email peter@idfmcity.com
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