Year End Tax Planning 2023/24

As a new tax year approaches, it is important to ensure you are in the best financial position to help protect and grow your future wealth.

Our Bitesize Tax Planning provides you with details of the key allowances and reliefs available to you. The tax planning tips are available in easy to consider sections.

This article looks at Pensions including; Pension Annual Allowance, Tapered Annual Allowance, Maximum Reduction and Rounding Down, and Contributions and Annual Allowance Charge.

Pension Annual Allowance

Making the most of the Pension annual allowance is a particularly attractive option for higher earners as we approach the end of the tax year.

Personal tax relief applies to pension contributions, although this may be restricted by the annual allowance or net-relevant earnings.

The annual allowance for 2023/24 is £60,000 for those with an adjusted annual income from all sources, including pension contributions, of £260,000 or under a threshold income of £200,000 or less.

An individual’s annual allowance reduces by £1 for every £2 of adjusted income over £260,000 – down to a minimum of £10,000, although this usually applies to those with a total income of £312,000 or more.  See more on Tapered Annual Allowance here.

Provided you had a pension fund during a previous tax year, it is possible to carry forward any unused allowances, up to a maximum of three years.

More information can be found here:

Tapered Annual Allowance

The annual allowance for pensions is currently £60,000 for the 2023-24 tax year. Providing they have sufficient income, individuals can contribute, or have contributions made on their behalf (by their employer for example), up to £60,000 in total this tax year to their pension pots without incurring tax charges.

However, since 6 April  2023, people with an Adjusted income (which includes employer pension contributions) over £260,000 will have their annual allowance for that tax year restricted.

This means that for every £2 of adjusted income they have over £260,000, their annual allowance is reduced by £1. This only applies if their threshold income (broadly total taxable income less their own pension contributions) is above £200,000.







Maximum Reduction and Rounding Down

The maximum reduction is £50,000. The tapering of the allowance stops at £360,000 of adjusted income and so everyone will retain an allowance of at least £10,000. People with high income caught by the restriction may have to reduce the contributions paid by them and/or their employer or an annual allowance charge will apply.

It is important to note that the reduction to the annual allowance is rounded down to the nearest whole pound, adding an additional layer of precision to the calculation.

Contributions and Annual Allowance Charge

To circumvent the repercussions of the tapered annual allowance, affected individuals should strategise their pension contributions effectively. This may involve reducing personal and/or employer contributions to align with the reduced annual allowance. Failing to make adjustments, if the excess cannot be covered by carrying forward unused allowances from previous years, could result in an annual allowance charge.

More on tapered annual allowance can be found here:

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