The basic answer to this question is that the pension Scheme Administrator uses the member's pension fund (together with any life assurance that the pension scheme trustees had taken out in relation to the member) to provide the member's beneficiaries with benefits in accordance with the pension scheme rules and HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) legislation.
As the Dentons SIPP and SSAS pension scheme rules provide for the Scheme Administrator (who in the case of a SSAS is all of the Trustees) to decide, at their absolute discretion, who to pay benefits to and how much, there will normally be no inheritance tax consequences in relation to making those benefit payments.
HMRC might consider inheritance tax applying where the member had been in ill health in the two years prior to their death and during those two years:
Whether there will be any other tax consequences will depend on how old the member was when they died, whether they had taken any retirement benefits and how much lifetime allowance they had left.
Beneficiaries, once selected, can choose in what form they wish to receive benefits.
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