Last chance before pension contribution reductions are introduced

18 February 2016

18 February 2016 by MHA MacIntyre Hudson

Last chance - don't miss out on maximising your pension contribution under the current rules before the reductions come into effect on the 6th April 2016

As a result of the pension changes announced by the Chancellor last year, which come into effect on the 6th April 2016, there are some significant reductions in the level of pension contributions that can be made.

There is also much speculation in the press that the Chancellor will cut tax relief on pension contributions in the March budget – with immediate effect. It is a widely held belief that he will abolish tax relief at 40% and 45% and replace it with a single flat rate of tax relief of between 20% and 30%. However, there is no guarantee that he will take these actions. 

The coming weeks could therefore be the last chance for higher rate and additional rate taxpayers to get tax relief at their marginal rate. 

If you are considering maximising your pension contributions and are in a position to do so now, I would strongly urge you to seek advice in the next few weeks as the amount you can contribute now may be significantly greater than after the 5th April, or even after the Budget on 16th March.

There are a number of complexities to be taken into consideration and each individual’s circumstances will be different and should be properly assessed by a professional adviser.  A pension contribution should not be made without advice and certainly not at the current time.

For further information, please contact our wealth management team or your local MHA MacIntyre Hudson advisor.

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