Pension Allowance

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Pension Allowance

The maximum amount of contributions on which a member can claim tax relief in any tax year is greater of:

  • the ‘basic amount’ – currently £3600 gross, and
  • the amount of the individual’s relevant UK earnings that are chargeable to income tax for the year.

Lifetime Allowance

Tax Year Amount
2016/17 to 2017/18 £1,000,000
2018/19 £1,030,000
2019/20 £1,055,000
2020/21 to 2025/26 £1,073,100

Lifetime Allowance Charge: 55% on excess paid as a lump sum and 25% on excess designated for drawdown, annuity or scheme pension.

Annual Allowance

Tax Year AA Amount MPAA Amount
2016/17 £40,000* £10,000
2017/18 to 2022/23 £40,000* £4,000

Annual Allowance Charge: Marginal income tax rate on excess, subject to a minimum of 20%.

Carry forward of up to three years unused annual allowance available.

Money Purchase Annual Allowance (MPAA): applies with no carry forward to money purchase pensions once flexible pension income taken from 2015/16.

*Tapered annual allowance: from 2016/17 to 2019/20, tapered by £1 for every £2 of ‘adjusted income’ over £150,000 to a minimum of £10,000 if ‘threshold income’ is also over £110,000.

For 2020/21 to 2022/23, tapered on the same basis if adjusted income over £240,000 and threshold income over £200,000 to a minimum of £4,000.

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