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What is a SIPP hero

What is a SIPP?

How does a SIPP work?

SIPPs, like other pensions, are one of the most tax-efficient ways to save for retirement. But most traditional pensions don’t give you the flexibility to invest where you want to. And it’s not always easy to see or understand where you’re invested.

A Self-Invested Personal Pension, or SIPP, lets you do more with your money. It gives you control over your investments. And with a wider range of investment options, it opens the doors to more opportunities.

Government adds
tax relief of20%for basic-rate payers

What are the tax benefits of a SIPP?

SIPPs offer the same generous tax benefits as other pensions.

  • Tax-free investing - grow your money free of UK income and capital gains tax.
  • Pension tax relief - pay in up to £40,000 each tax year and get tax relief of up to 45% on personal contributions (or up to 46% for Scottish taxpayers).
  • Free from inheritance tax - pass on wealth tax efficiently, and in some cases completely tax-free.

Remember, pension and tax rules can change and benefits depend on your circumstances. If you’re a Scottish taxpayer, tax bands are different and different benefits apply.

Learn more about SIPP tax benefits

Government adds tax relief of20%for basic-rate payers

Personal Pension or SIPP?

Traditional personal pensions tend to offer between a dozen and several hundred funds. But their charges can be hefty, particularly on older plans. Stakeholder pensions have lower charges, but tend to offer a more limited choice of funds.

The wide investment choice in SIPPs can make a significant difference to your pension. That’s because how your investments perform can have a large impact on the size of your pension pot and eventually your retirement.

How to open an HL SIPP

SIPP investors need to be happy to make their own investment decisions, and understand that all investments can rise and fall in value so you could get back less than you invest.

Start with a bank payment

Set up a Direct Debit from as little as £25 a month, or make one-off payments of £100 or more.

You'll always have the flexibility to stop or pause payments whenever you want.

Open a SIPP

Transfer a pension

Transferring your old pensions to HL could make them easier to manage.

Once you've given us the details of your current provider, we'll sort the rest.

Before transferring you should always check for exit fees and whether you'd lose any valuable benefits.

Learn more about transferring

Help choosing investments

We have plenty of free tools and information, including share insight and fund research, to help you pick your own investments with confidence. But if you'd prefer, you can select a ready-made portfolio.

This means that we'll choose the investments for you and look after the day-to-day management. You'll just need to keep an eye on it to make sure it's still right for you.

Pick a ready-made portfolio

Taking money from your SIPP

When you reach your 55th birthday (or your 57th from 2028), you’re free to start withdrawing money from your SIPP, even if you’re still working. You can usually take up to 25% of your pot tax free. The rest of your withdrawals will be taxed as income.

Learn more about your retirement options

New to SIPPs?

Have a look at our Guide to SIPPs to find out more about how SIPPs work and how to get started.