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Old pension tax rules still apply says accountant

There remains one major planning opportunity which enables individuals to make use of the old tax rules despite April 2001 bringing the abolition of the ability to carry forward unused personal pension relief, according to chartered accountants Smith & Williamson. It says individuals who have built up unused relief prior to April 5 2001 can still use it by carrying back pension contributions paid into personal and stakeholder pension schemes in the current tax year, provided the contributions are paid by January 31 2002. These individuals must have sufficient earnings in 2000/01 to absorb the relief.

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