Pension premiums

There is no limit on the amount that may be contributed to a registered pension scheme, but a tax charge may apply if payments are made in excess of the annual allowance. 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.

If total pension input exceeds the annual allowance of £40,000 there is a tax charge at 20/40/45% on the excess. This is subject to transitional provisions and utilising unused allowances from previous years. Total pension input is the increase in value of the aggregate of all of the individual’s pension savings. The pension input period is usually the year to the anniversary date which falls within the relevant tax year.

   2014/15
Maximum age for tax relief  74
Minimum age for taking benefits  55
 Lifetime allowance charge - lump sum paid 55%
  - monies retained 25%
on cumulative benefits exceeding  £1,250,000*
 Maximum tax-free lump sum  25%
 *Subject to transitional or an election for fixed protection for excess amount.