Don’t forget, from April 2016 the annual allowance tapered reduction begins
The figure of £150,000 will be that of adjusted income – that is, net income plus the value of pension savings in that year, and minus any specific lump sum death benefits that have been paid to the individual. However, second definition of income – that of threshold income – will also be used to ensure lower paid individuals aren’t unfairly affected. Threshold income is calculated as net income less both specific lump sum death benefits and gross pension contributions.
So, any individual whose threshold income doesn’t exceed £150,000 less the standard annual allowance for that tax year will not be affected by the reduction, no matter what the level of their adjusted income is. For the 2016/17 tax year, the annual allowance is £40,000, so that means that anyone earning £110,000 or lower will not be affected by the new tapered allowance.
The maximum reduction through tapering has been set at £30,000, which means that any individual earning £210,000 or more in a tax year will have their pension allowance limited to £10,000. It’s important that high earners are aware of how the tapered allowance will affect them, as they are likely to need to reduce the contributions both their employers and they themselves are making. If they don’t, they are likely to become subject to an annual allowance charge.
It’s a sensible idea therefore, if you have not done so already, to review the impact of tapered allowance and to take any appropriate financial planning action which may be required.