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Pension Premiums

There is no financial limit on the amount that may be contributed to a registered pension scheme. 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 £50,000 there may be a tax charge on the excess.

Maximum age for tax relief74
Minimum age for taking benefits55
Lifetime allowance charge – lump sum paid55%
Lifetime allowance charge – monies retained25%
on cumulative benefits exceeding£1,500,000*
Maximum tax-free lump sum25%*


*Subject to transitional protection for excess amount.

Note – Total pension input is the increase in value of the aggregate of all the individual’s pension savings. The pension input period is usually the year to the anniversary date which falls within the relevant tax year.