Pension Annual Allowance Change – April 2014

pension annual allowance change 2014

You may have noticed coverage in the press that the annual allowance for pension contributions – ‘pension input amounts’ – will reduce from £50,000 to £40,000 for the next tax year… having already reduced from £255,000 to £50,000 in April 2011.

The precise rules run to several pages of HMRC guidance and you will be liable to tax if you breach the annual allowance amount.  Your pension scheme administrator cannot advise you, although they will supply a lot of the information we need to advise you.  If you are affected, you may have choices; curtail your pension or accept the tax and you may need our advice about that.

Do bear in mind that, for members of final salary schemes, your annual pension input amount is considerablymore than your employee contribution to the scheme.

We can help by calculating your pension input amount.  If this exceeds the annual allowance, we will explain and quantify your options so that you will have time to decide what to do about the over-contribution.

We will also be able to flag potential problems in future years. If you would like us to advise you, or have any further questions, contact us on [sf_email][/sf_email].  Our fixed fee for this work is £195+VAT to calculate your pension input amount, then £195+VAT if you exceed the allowance and need to consider the options.

Here's a little more information about our team:

Q: Qualifications Include

A: My degree in modern languages included a module on economics and personal finance, and that's how I got into financial planning.

Since then, I've become dual qualified as both a Certified Financial Planner and a Chartered Financial Planner, including the specialist qualifications in Tax & Trusts (G10) and Pensions (AF3/G60).

The full list is:

AF3 - Pensions (CII) (I did that to totally update my pension knowledge, as I had done G60 in 1994.)
K10 - Retirement Options (CII)
K20 - Pensions Investment Options (CII)
G20 - Personal Investment Planning (CII)
Chartered Financial Planner (CII)
ER1 - Equity Release (CII)
HR1 - Home Reversion Plans (CII)
G10 - Taxation and Trusts (CII)
CFP - Certified Financial Planner Licence (IFP)
H15 - Supervision and Sales (CII) 

In November 2016 I added the STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practicioners) Certificate for Financial Services.

Q: Do your clients have anything in common with each other?

A: They are all lovely and there are a few similarities in their aims that I've noticed. 

Many of my clients want to do more than just meet their own needs. They also see themselves as custodians of their money for the next generation or for other beneficiaries. 

In other cases, their aim is to manage their wealth efficiently during their lifetime, with the aim of spending it all… but minimising tax on the way there.

Q: What type of work do you enjoy most?

A: I do get a real sense of satisfaction from the work with those clients who engage me to manage the needs of two generations of the same time. That can be 'just' a long-term and balanced investment strategy or it can be trust planning and estate planning to avoid paying too much Inheritance Tax.

Q: Where would you be right now if you weren't at work?

A: In the Lakes

Q: In the film of your life, who would play you?

A: In my head, it's Uma Thurman, but I expect they would approach 'Nursey' from Blackadder II.

Q: Curry or Hot Pot?

A: Agh, too difficult. Curry.

Q: Sherbert or Chocolate?

A: Chocolate

Q: Lawn or Flowers?

A: Lawn

Q: What are you most likely to do whilst being 'on hold'?

A: Infuriate my colleagues by opening conversations then cutting off their reply when my call is answered.