Know your pension numbers

17th August 2022

With so many financial priorities to juggle, it can be hard to put your pension first, especially with spiralling household costs. Starting or maintaining your pension contributions is important.

Whatever type of pension plan you have, you get tax relief at the highest rate of Income Tax you pay on all contributions you make, subject to annual and lifetime allowances. This effectively means that some of your earnings which would have gone to the government as tax are diverted to boost your pension pot instead.

Make the most of your allowances

The Annual Allowance for pensions is £40,000. For those with an income above £240,000 (£200,000 threshold income plus the £40,000 you can save into a pension) the Annual Allowance begins to taper; for every £2 of adjusted income above £240,000, the Annual Allowance for that year reduces by £1. The minimum Annual Allowance is £4,000.

The Lifetime Allowance – the maximum amount you can have in a pension over a lifetime without incurring an extra tax charge is £1,073,100.

Don’t forget your State Pension

From 6 April, the new single-tier State Pension increased to £185.15 per week and the older basic State Pension rose to £141.85 per week. You can get a projection and find out your retirement age here

Treating you as an individual

We offer advice and help with all aspects of pensions and retirement planning, whether you’re just starting out and want help choosing the most appropriate pension products, or you’re approaching the stage of life when you need to utilise your pension pot and want to know the most efficient way to access your funds.

The value of investments can go down as well as up and you may not get back the full amount you invested. The past is not a guide to future performance and past performance may not necessarily be repeated.