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Axing 40% tax relief would be too complex

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The Government has highlighted the potential difficulties of removing higher-rate tax relief on pensions, helping to calm industry fears that it plans to abolish the relief.

Reacting to the work and pensions select committee’s recommendation that it should respond to the Pensions Commission’s criticism of higher-rate tax relief, the Government said removing it would be very complicated.

It said pension contributions get tax relief at a person’s marginal tax rate and pensions in payment are taxed at mar- ginal rates. Managing the transition to any new system would need to distinguish between those who previously had relief at 40 per cent and those who had not.

The Government also said abolishing 40 per cent tax relief would be complex for employers to administer as they would need to restrict tax relief on individual contributions but also charge tax at the marginal rate on the value of employer contributions.

Aegon head of pensions development Rachel Vahey says: “We welcome this apparent reprieve. Higher-rate taxpayers are usually the drivers behind workplace pension provision arrangements being set up and removing this self-interest would probably have a knock-on effect on their commitment to provide pensions for their workforce.”

Scottish Life head of pensions strategy Steve Bee says: “If higher-rate tax relief is removed, this will destroy the pension market. But we are so used to crazy legislation in pensions that nobody would be surprised if this happened.”


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