Your pension is one of the most tax efficient investments you may hold. Not only do you receive full tax relief on your contributions (with some exceptions – see below), but those contributions are invested in funds which can grow free from tax. This could make a significant difference to the value of your savings over the long term and increase your income in retirement.

We provide our own SIPP* (Self-Invested Personal Pension) which can help you benefit from tax efficiency, diversification and flexibility for your pension savings.

The current pension rules are broadly:

  • You can contribute to as many pension schemes as you like.
  • You can contribute a total of up to 100% of your UK taxable earnings, subject to an Annual Allowance of £60,000** each year.
  • If you haven’t used up your Annual Allowance in any of the three previous tax years, any unused allowance can be carried forward to the current tax year. You would still need relevant earnings sufficient to cover the contribution.
  • You will receive full tax relief on your qualifying contributions. This means that if basic rate tax is 20%, for every £80 you invest HMRC will add £20. If you are a higher rate or an additional rate tax payer, you can claim the additional tax relief through your annual self-assessment tax return.
  • The funds grow free from tax.
  • You can draw your retirement benefits at any time from age 55 – you don’t even have to retire to draw your benefits. From 6th April 2028, the minimum pension age rises to age 57 so from this date, you will need to be age 57 or older before you can start taking money from your pension.
  • You can draw up to 25% of your fund as a tax free lump sum*** and the balance can be used to provide an income.

For further details, please contact us.

* We provide advice on retail investment products on an independent basis. We offer products from the whole market and will advise and make a recommendation for you after we have assessed your needs.
** If you earn more than £260,000 per annum you may have a reduced Annual Allowance, potentially as low as £10,000.
*** The lifetime allowance was a limit on how much you can have built up in your pension(s) over your lifetime. But from 6 April 2024 this allowance will no longer exist. From the 6th April – it’s only taking tax-free lump sums that’s important.
There will be two new allowances; the Lump Sum Allowance and the Lump Sum and Death Benefit Allowance. During your lifetime you will have a tax-free cash allowance, called the Lump Sum Allowance, which is the maximum amount that you’re able to take tax free from your pension or pensions and for most people that is £268,275. This applies to tax-free cash and includes the tax-free element of cash lump sums.