Pension contributions

There is no financial limit on the amount that may be contributed to a registered pension scheme. The maximum amount on which an individual can claim tax relief in any tax year is the greater of the individual’s UK relevant earnings or £3,600 (gross).

If total pension input exceeds the annual allowance (£40,000) there may be a tax charge on the excess. Where the annual allowance limit is not fully used it may be possible to carry the unused amount forward for three years.

The annual allowance may be reduced by £1 for every £2 of adjusted income over £150,000 to a minimum of £10,000.

 Maximum age for tax relief  74
 Minimum age for taking benefits  55
 Lifetime allowance charge -  lump sum paid  55%
 Lifetime allowance charge -  monies retained  25%
 on cumulative benefits exceeding  1 million*
 Maximum tax-free lump sum  25%

*Subject to transitional protection for excess amount.