Pension Savers Warned of Huge Tax Bill

29 September, 2021 by Denzil Otieno 5 mins read Category:  Money Personal Finance

Experts predict that the state pension will increase by £300 this year, notwithstanding the government’s suspension of the triple lock. Because average wages aren’t considered, the tension rise will be ‘double rocked’, meaning it will be based on the highest inflation rate or 2.5%.

Economists now estimate Consumer Price Inflation (CPI) to be higher than 2.5% next year, implying that all retirees will get more than the bare minimum in payments. The CPI rate is expected to rise by 3.3% next year, according to experts. 

Weekly Payment Boost

Any Briton who has retired since April 2016 would receive a monthly pension increase from £179.60 to £185.55.

According to the Mail on Sunday, this would result in a weekly £6 or a yearly increase of £312.

While a more significant increase welcomed the news, several experts warned in May that confident private pension investors might face difficulty soon.

According to the New York Times, older retirees face astronomical tax bills.

This is because, as more than 750 000 people reach the age of 75 this year, their pensions will be revalued to ensure that the lifetime limit is not exceeded.

The lifetime allowance introduced in 2006 and is presently capped at £1.073 million is a limit on the amount of money you can withdraw from your employment pensions without incurring tax penalties. 

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The allowance applies to the total of all your penalties, including the value of pensions you have through any defined benefit plan you are a member of, as well as any defined contribution pension savings you have but not to your state pension.

On the other hand, the second check is frequently overlooked by savers, resulting in unanticipated tax payments for some.

According to Claire Trott of St James’s Place Wealth Management, this could result in unexpected tax charges for those who have significant pension funds, have been prudent with their income over the years, and have experienced investment growth. This may surprise some people.

When you reach the age of 75, your pension scheme will provide details of your pension or pensions to HM Revenue & Customs, who will “pot’ against the allowances. 

Savers are initially assessed when they draw their pension. If they exceed the £1.078 million limit, they will charge a 25% penalty. The charge is 55 percent if you pay the extra in one lump sum.

The second test examines any investment growth you’ve had since the first and determines whether it’s put over the lifetime allowance limit. 

Experts Have Issued a Warning

This criterion is only relevant to people in defined contribution plans because it only looks at investment gains.

Experts have also warned that while Chancellor Rishi Sunak has frozen the lifetime allowance until 2026/2027, inflation may force many people over the edge.

Financial advisor Alistair Cunningham of Wingate Financial Planning advised against relying on estimates and against keeping in mind that the limit could be reduced. 

He suggested creating your spreadsheet based on a “pessimistic” scenario with no or modest increases to the lifetime allowance and 6-10 percent annual investment growth.

He went on to say that you shouldn’t expect investors to understand this, but this is the type of number I’d use in lifetime allowance projections.

If you think your pension will go over the limit, you can choose Fixed Protection 2016, which will increase your maximum to £1.25 instead of £1.073 million.

According to an economist from the Institute of Economic Affairs, the pension lifetime allowance should be scrapped, who spoke to Express.co.uk earlier this month.

According to Julian Jessop, the policy made retirement policy difficult.

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