Forty percent of freelancers want to retire before their sixties

A survey of self-employed workers has found that more than four in ten freelancers hope to retire before they turn 61.
The new research focused on freelancer’s plans in 2018 and beyond. But with separate research suggesting that freelancers are not saving enough for their retirement – careful money management will become more important for self-employed people.
Cloud accounting software packages like Xero and FreeAgent can help freelancers save for their future.

1 in 5 pensioners face tax return ‘misery’

We all know that filling out a tax return can be painful, but while you might have thought that retirement would release you from HM Revenue & Customs’ clutches, that no longer seems to be the case.
The number of pensioners who filed a tax return last year hit 1.7m, a figure that has jumped significantly in the last two decades.
Figures obtained from HMRC by insurance company Royal London show that in the 2015-16 tax year, 1.7m of the 10m who completed an individual tax return were aged 65 or older.
More than 250,000 of these tax return pensioners were aged 80 or over.