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 Tapered Annual Allowance.
Pension Annual Allowance Alternative
Not everyone will have the full Pension Annual Allowance of £40,000 available to them. High earners may have a reduced allowance due to ‘tapering’. For high earners, tapering starts if your adjusted income exceeds £240,000 and your threshold income exceeds £200,000. This is the case for both this year and last.
Calculating threshold and adjusted income can be quite complicated so a regulated financial or tax advice may be required. To work out if you have a reduced (tapered) annual allowance for a tax year, you’ll need to work out your:
- Net income in that tax year
- Pension savings in that tax year
- Threshold income in that tax year
- Adjusted income in that tax year
For every £2 your adjusted income goes over £240,000, your annual allowance for the current tax year reduces by £1. For example, if your adjusted income was £280,000 your annual allowance would be reduced to £20,000.
This ‘tapering’ stops at £312,000, so everyone will retain an allowance of at least £4,000.
If you’re affected by the taper and the contributions to your pensions exceed your reduced annual allowance, first check if you may be able to use carry forward to reduce or remove any excess. This could potentially restore you to the normal annual allowance for that tax year.
Carry forward relates to unused annual allowance from the three previous tax years. To be able to use it you must have been a member of a registered pension scheme in each of the tax years from which you wish to carry forward from. Any unused annual allowance must be used from the earliest year first. If you are subject to a tapered annual allowance, you need to measure any unused annual allowance against the tapered allowance for each given year.
If there’s still an excess amount after carrying forward, you will face a tax charge on this amount. The amount will be added to your income and will be subject to Income Tax at your highest marginal rate.
For more information on how to work out your reduced annual allowance visit: gov.uk or speak to your adviser if you think you might be getting close to your annual allowance.
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