What is the tapered annual allowance?08 January 2017 Back to results
Although the annual allowance remains at £40,000, from 6 April 2016 a tapered annual allowance applies to higher earners. Individuals who have an adjusted income greater than £150,000 and whose threshold income is greater than £110,000 will see their annual allowance reduced. For every £2 of adjusted income over £150,000, their annual allowance will be reduced by £1, subject to a remaining annual allowance of not less then £10,000. In other words, anyone subject to the taper whose adjusted income is £210,000 and over will have an annual allowance of £10,000. If you're subject to the money purchase annual allowance (MPAA) rules because you (flexibly accessed benefits under a money purchase arrangement since 6 April 2015), your MPAA will be £10,000, even if that is all of the annual allowance you have because of the taper. Please note the government is consulting on its proposal to reduce the MPAA from £10,000 to £4,000 with effect from 6 April 2017.
If you think you're affected by these limits please speak to a financial adviser.
Adjusted income includes
· taxable income, which includes employment income, most pension and savings interest income plus any share, rental or trust income, less certain reliefs;
· the value of employer pension contributions;
· the amount of any excess relief on personal contributions to a net pay scheme;
· the amount of any pension contributions deducted from pay in relation to a net pay scheme;
· certain relief claimed by non-domiciled individuals in relation to contributions to overseas pensions schemes, less
· the amount of certain lump sum death benefits.
Threshold income includes
· taxable income;
· any salary sacrificed in return for pension contributions on or after 9 July 2015, less
· the gross amount of any relief at source contributions and the amount of certain lump sum death benefits.