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New lifetime allowance won’t come in until 2012

The Treasury will wait until 2012 to cut the lifetime pension allowance to give the industry time to work through the complexities of the change rather than pushing it through in 2011.

In October, the Government confirmed plans to cut the lifetime allowance from £1.8m to £1.5m. The Treasury said it planned for the change to operate from April 2012 but it has been consulting on the burden for schemes and employers of implementation in 2011.

However, an internal memo briefing civil servants on the implications of the pension tax changes indicates a final decision has been made and the reforms will be implemented from April 6, 2012.

The memo, seen by Money Marketing, says: “The Government has announced some major changes to the pension and tax regime. From April 6, 2012, the lifetime allowance will be reduced from its current level of £1.8m to £1.5m.”

A source says: “The industry pushed back on 2011 because people needed time to work this out. But other uncertainties, like RPI and CPI and the protection for people that exceed the £1.5m limit, remain undecided.”


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There are 3 comments at the moment, we would love to hear your opinion too.

  1. PensionMan is right – how is this even topical. It is not like that decision has been made this morning?

    Obviously there is a current shortage of mindnumbingly banal ideas eminating from Conary Wharf upon which to report – makes a change.

  2. I still don’t understand the logic or justice behind restricting the scope for retirement saving allowed to those members of society who pay the greatest amounts of income tax and whose employers pay the greatest amounts of NIC against their earnings. Is it any wonder that more and more high earners in a position to do so are defecting to countries with more benign tax regimes? There’s plenty of evidence proving that less punitive and restrictive tax regimes stimulates the economy and leads overall to higher tax revenues for the government. The way things are going in the UK, higher tax rates are likely to result in lower overall tax revenues, a slower rate of repairing the public finances and choking off economic recovery. It just doesn’t make sense.

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