The lifetime allowance (LTA) is the limit of tax privileged pension funds a member can amass before a tax charge. It is valued for the year 2020/21 at £1,073,100. It is likely to increase with inflation. Most people aren’t affected by the lifetime allowance.
The amount of pension benefit that can be drawn from pension schemes, whether lump sums or retirement income, is restricted by the lifetime allowance.
If the value of your pension benefits is approaching, or above, the lifetime allowance, you have to take action.
Yes. Whenever benefits you take from most kinds of pensions, you use up a percentage of the lifetime allowance. This event is called a Benefit Crystalization Event (BCE).
If you have more than one pension, you will use up a percentage of your lifetime allowance in the order in which you take your pensions.
You should ask your pension provider how much of your lifetime allowance you’ve used. What counts towards your allowance depends on the type of pension you have.
When you decide to take money from a pension, turn 75, transfer your pension overseas and other factors, your pension provider may ask what pension schemes you’re in to be able to check if you are above the lifetime allowance.
If you go above your limit, your pension provider will inform you how much tax you owe. You’ll need to report the tax deducted by filling in a form.
The answer depends on depends on how the money is paid to you but the usual rate is 55% if you get it as a lump sum and 25% if you get it through other ways such as cash withdrawals.
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