You are nonetheless working and saving into pensions, however you’re considering of cashing-in a part of your pension financial savings
Ian continued: “Employees who’re nonetheless saving right into a pension scheme, is perhaps tempted to money in an outdated pension or a part of their present pension association.
Under Pension Freedoms launched in April 2015, there may be an encashment choice referred to as an Uncrystallised Funds Pension Lump Sum (UFPLS), which permits a pension saver to cash-in their pension in return for a lump sum.
“25 % of the fund is tax free and the steadiness is topic to earnings tax. A pension fund of £10,000 would supply a lump sum of £8,500 to a fundamental fee tax payer.
“However, encashing a pension underneath UFPLS guidelines instantly triggers the Money Purchase Annual Allowance (MPAA). This restricts all future pension financial savings (whether or not these come from an employer or from the person) to simply £4,000 a 12 months.
“If future financial savings are larger than £4,000 it’s possible the pension saver pays earnings tax on the surplus financial savings over this quantity. As a outcome, savers need to be very cautious when cashing-in pensions.”
His ultimate suggestions concern a tragic predicament; savers and employees who want to contribute to a scheme however underneath the circumstances merely can’t.