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.
|2016/17 to 2017/18||£1,000,000|
|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.
|Tax Year||AA Amount||MPAA Amount|
|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.