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Breaking Down the Recent Changes to Pensions

Are you aware of the latest changes to pensions in the 2023 Spring Budget? If not, it’s worth noting because there are significant changes that could affect your retirement planning. The Chancellor’s announcement aims to encourage older individuals to stay in or return to work and save more for their future.

Let’s take a closer look at the changes and how they could impact your retirement plans.

Removal of Lifetime Allowance

The Lifetime Allowance is the maximum amount of pension savings an individual can accumulate over their lifetime without incurring tax. Until now, the limit was £1,073,100, and it was set to last until 2026. However, the Chancellor announced its complete removal from 6 April 2023.

This change means that you can now save as much as you want without worrying about tax implications. It’s an excellent opportunity for individuals to maximise their pension savings and secure their financial future.

Increase in Pension Annual Allowance

The Pension Annual Allowance is the maximum amount an individual can contribute to their private pension without facing additional charges. Currently, the limit stands at £40,000, but from 6 April 2023, it will be increased by 50% to £60,000.

This change provides an opportunity for individuals to save more money for their retirement while receiving tax benefits.

Rise in Money Purchase Annual Allowance

The Money Purchase Annual Allowance applies to individuals who have withdrawn from their defined contribution pension but still want to work and save. Currently, the allowance is £4,000 per year before incurring tax penalties. The Chancellor more than doubled this amount to £10,000 from 6 April 2023.

This change means that individuals can continue to work and save without worrying about tax implications. It’s a great opportunity for those who want to work part-time or reduce their working hours while still building up their pension savings.

Tapered Annual Allowance

The Tapered Annual Allowance reduces the amount an individual can contribute to their pension plan each year based on their earnings. The allowance would not fall below £4,000, but from the upcoming tax year, this limit will increase to £10,000. The adjusted income threshold for the Tapered Annual Allowance will also increase from £240,000 to £260,000 from 6 April 2023.

This change means that high earners can still contribute to their pension plan while receiving tax benefits. It’s a great opportunity to secure their financial future while enjoying tax relief.

Maximising the New Opportunity

The changes to pensions provide an excellent tax planning opportunity and allow individuals to save more money. It’s crucial to ensure you make the most of them.

Here are a few things to consider:

  • Review your pension contributions and adjust them accordingly to take advantage of the new Pension Annual Allowance and Money Purchase Annual Allowance limits.
  • If you’re a high earner, consider whether the Tapered Annual Allowance applies to you and adjust your contributions to maximise the tax benefits.
  • Consider making additional contributions to your pension plan to take advantage of the removal of the Lifetime Allowance limit.

Get in touch

The 2023 Spring Budget changes to pensions provide a unique opportunity to secure your financial future and maximise your retirement savings. It’s important to understand the changes and how they can affect your retirement planning. If you need help understanding these changes or want advice on how to make the most of them, contact BK Plus for expert advice.

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