Retirement is approaching, how do I redeem my pension plan?

How to redeem the savings in your pension plan is one of the most frequent questions when reaching retirement. Here we are going to show you the three ways of doing this.

The pension plan can be redeemed in several ways. You can decide to redeem your savings in the form of capital, that is, all at once in a lump-sum. You may prefer to gradually redeem them in the form of monthly income to supplement the state pension. However, it is also possible to redeem them in a mixed way: some as a lump-sum and the rest in the form of income.

It is important to thoroughly plan how you will redeem you pension plan with the help of an expert advisor to optimise the tax issues given your needs. Our managers can help you. Find out about this at your CaixaBank branch.

The important thing when optimising how to redeem your pension from a tax perspective is to carefully plan how to redeem the money taking into account your needs and the amount of income that will be obtained. Keep in mind that the higher the amount received annually, the higher the tax rate you will be charged.

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Pension plans

Generate savings to be used at the time of retirement, which you can use to supplement the state pension.

Availability

On retirement date, although it can be paid early in other specific situations.

Other benefits

Important income tax savings.

Annuities

An annuity is a product that transforms savings into a guaranteed monthly income for life.

Availability

Immediate. It can be redeemed at any time if needed, except in the case of transferred capital.

Other benefits

It has an attractive return and an advantageous tax treatment in addition to liquidity at any time, guaranteed interest for life and the possibility of having one or two holders.

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VIDACAIXA S.A. DE SEGUROS Y REASEGUROS, like all other insurance and financial institutions, is required to have an up-to-date copy of the current identification documents of customers to comply with the provisions of Law 10/2010 on the Prevention of Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism.

The insurance institution must have the required documentation before 30 April 2015. If this is not the case, the products that have been taken out with our company will be blocked.

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In the case of retirement:

When you retire, you will have to decide how and when you want to collect on your plan by contacting your branch of "la Caixa".

If you do not have entitlement to retirement (due to the fact that you have never paid social security contributions, etc.), the contingency will be deemed to have occurred after the ordinary retirement age in the General Social Security System (65 years), at the time when the participant does not work or has ceased working and is not contributing towards the retirement contingency in any social security system. However, the benefit may be paid in advance as from:

  • age 60
  • age 45, if the policy holder is disabled
 

In the case of disability:

The plan may take effect in the event of total and permanent disability for the usual occupation, or absolute and permanent for any type of work, or severe disability.

In the case of death:

In the event of death, both in the period in which the contributions are made (participant) and in the period in which benefits are received (beneficiary).

In the case of serious illness:

When it is accredited with a medical certificate from the Social Security or an approved body:

a) any physical or mental illness that temporarily incapacitates the patient for a continuous period of at least 3 months and that requires a major surgical intervention in or treatment at a hospital.

b) any physical or psychological illness or injury with permanent consequences that partially limits or totally prevents the usual occupation or activity, whether or not assistance is required from other people.

In the case of long-term unemployment:

When the participant is legally unemployed (not voluntary), provided that he or she is registered with the National Employment Institute (INEM) or the competent body and does not receive contributory benefits.

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In the event of death, either during the period in which the contributions are made or in which an annuity is already being received, the accumulated balance will be paid to the spouse, children or any other person who has been named by the policy holder.

As a capital sum:

All accrued consolidated rights are paid in the form of a one-off capital sum.

As a financial income:

This consists of an income, the amount and frequency of which (monthly, quarterly, half-yearly) is decided by the customer and which is paid until the accumulated balance is exhausted. The balance outstanding or part of it may be paid at any time, in which case the subsequent annuities will not be paid until the balance advanced has been offset.

As a capital sum and financial income (mixed):

One part is collected in the form of capital and the other part in the form of financial income.

As an assured income or as an insurance:

It is possible to receive an annuity for life, for one or two lives, and with or without life insurance. Furthermore, if you wish, you can choose to take out an annuity for a certain period of time, but without capital on death.

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A pension plan is a product that allows you to save in a convenient way so that you can have a capital sum or an income at the time of retirement or in the event of invalidity and in the event of death, so that your beneficiaries can receive it.

But also, at the moment, pension plans are the product that allows you to obtain the maximum tax saving in your income tax return.

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Maximum annual contribution:

The maximum annual contribution you can make is €8,000.00.

This limit includes contributions to all pension plans, insured benefit plans, company benefit plans, certain Mutual Benefit Societies and private insurances that exclusively cover the risk of severe dependency or major dependency, and also includes company contributions.

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