What is the lifetime allowance?
Updated 26 March 2021
The lifetime allowance is a limit on the total value of pension savings you can have across all your pension schemes without a tax charge applying when you take your benefits.
For information on the current lifetime allowance visit HMRC.
How it works
If your pension savings are worth more than the lifetime allowance you'll have to pay an additional tax charge when you withdraw them. The tax charge is only applied to any excess savings that are over the lifetime allowance. The rate of tax will depend on how the money is paid to you:
- 55% if you take it as a lump sum, or
- 25% if you take it any other way, e.g. pension or income payments.
Visit HMRC to find out more.
This information is based on our understanding of current taxation law and HMRC practice, which may change.