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How do I take money out of the Nest Guided Retirement Fund?

Key points:    

  • This article explains the guidelines around taking money out of the Nest Guided Retirement Fund
  • It tells you how to make cash withdrawals (screen by screen guide) from the different parts of your Nest Guided Retirement Fund
  • It explains what happens when you request a withdrawal

To find out more about the Nest Guided Retirement Fund, visit Nest Guided Retirement Fund.

What are the guidelines around making withdrawals?

  • The minimum amount you can withdraw from your Nest Wallet is £20, or the full amount if lower. You can make one withdrawal a month. 
  • You can make withdrawals from your Nest Safe at any time if funds are available.
  • If you want to take money from your Nest Vault, you’ll either need to come out of the Nest Guided Retirement Fund and choose a different retirement option, or you can take all of your pot as cash. 

Screen by screen guide on how to make withdrawals from the Nest Guided Retirement fund

The quickest and easiest way to start making withdrawals is by logging into your Nest account. 

Click ‘Take your money out’ on your home page.

Taking cash from your Nest Wallet and/or your Nest Safe

  • Enter the amount you want to withdraw from your Nest Wallet or click ‘Withdraw all’.

  • To take money from your Nest Safe, click ‘Need more? Access my Nest Safe’, then enter the amount you want to withdraw.
  • Click ‘Withdraw’ to enter your bank details.

  • We'll need your bank or building society account details. We can only make payment to a valid UK account that's held in your name. 
  • If you've made a previous withdrawal from Nest, we'll show details of the account we paid onscreen for you to check. You can change these to a different account if you want to.

What happens once I’ve requested a withdrawal?

  • Once you have submitted your request, to protect your Nest pot we send your details over a secure link to Experian to help check your identity. This won't affect your credit rating or any future credit searches.
  • You should receive the payment within 5 – 10 working days once we’ve received the required information or if we don’t need any further details. 
  • We’ll send you a P60 statement after the tax year is completed if you’ve taken some of your pot as cash.
  • Your Nest account will stay open and you can continue to save with us.
  • If you’ve taken some of your pot as cash and later claimed your full Nest retirement pot or transferred out before your P60 is issued at the end of the tax year, then we’ll send you both a P60 and a P45 statement.
  • Once you’ve taken money from your Nest account you won’t be able to pay more than £4,000 in the current tax year into any defined contribution pension scheme without paying extra tax.

Sometimes we may need to ask you for proof of identification and/or bank account ownership to verify your request. This is also to ensure your pot is protected and only the rightful owner gets access to the cash. To see more information on sending documents to Nest, please see What evidence do I need to provide to take my money out of Nest?

Choosing another retirement option

You may want to choose another retirement option if:

  • you no longer want to be in the Nest Guided Retirement Fund, or
  • you want to access money in your Nest Vault 

If you want to choose a different retirement option, click ‘Need more?’ next to your Nest Safe.

You’ll then be asked to confirm your decision. If you want to do this, click ‘Yes, continue’. You’ll then be taken to a screen showing your other options.

You can visit How can I take my money out of Nest at retirement? to read more about choosing a retirement option.

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