Why you should act now to benefit from existing pension contribution allowances

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In his second budget in less than four months, on 8 July George Osborne is set to announce a new wave of austerity measures, pledging a budget that will be ‘for the working people’. Yet for those high earners, wanting to utilise the £40,000 annual allowance, they may wish to make pension savings sooner rather than later, just in case this initiative comes into effect immediately after the budget.

 

What is being proposed?

The budget aims to set into motion the Conservative’s plans to raise £1 billion, which will fund plans to make more family homes exempt from inheritance tax (if they are left to children or grandchildren) and double the amount of free childcare given to three and four-year olds in England to 30 hours a week.

The money will be raised through a reduction in tax relief on pension contributions for those people earning in excess of £150,000 per annum.

Under the new regulations, it is intended to taper the pension savings annual allowance from £40,000 pa (earnings at £150,000) to £10,000 pa (earnings at or more than £210,000). What this means for a client is for every £2 they earn over £150,000, their pension annual allowance will reduce by £1.

The lifetime allowance is also set to come down to £1million from £1.25million.

 

Example

A client earning £210,000 per annum wants to make a total pension contribution of £40,000 in their current pension input period.

Pension Contribution Table

For those clients who may not have capitalised on their full allowance in the previous three years, there may be the opportunity to make pension contributions in excess of the £40,000 annual allowance and receive further tax relief (provided you were a member of a registered pension scheme and make the maximum allowable contribution in the current tax year).

If you would like to discuss the possibility of bringing forward any planned pension contributions for this tax year, contact your Finura advisor today.

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