Tax limits
Tax limits

The money you pay into your pension arrangements usually gets tax relief. However, there are limits on how much you can save towards your pension before tax will be charged on any excess.

Annual Allowance = £60,000

The Annual Allowance is the total amount you can pay into all of your pension arrangements each tax year before tax will be charged. Each £1 of annual defined benefit pension built up is treated as £16 for this purpose.

You’ll get a statement from your pension provider telling you if you go above the Annual Allowance in that particular arrangement. You can carry forward any unused Annual Allowance for up to three years.

Money Purchase Annual Allowance = £10,000

This is the total amount you can pay into any defined contribution pension arrangements each tax year before tax will be charged. The Money Purchase Annual Allowance only comes into effect if you have already taken some of your defined contribution savings as cash or a short-term annuity from a flexi-access drawdown fund, cash from a pension pot (‘uncrystallised funds pension lump sums’) or if you have taken more than the limit from a capped drawdown fund.  

Tapered Annual Allowance = between £10,000 and £60,000

Your Annual Allowance will only be tapered if you are a high earner and your ‘adjusted income’ (your taxable income plus your Pension Input Amount) is £260,000 or more and your taxable income is over £200,000. For every £2 of adjusted income over £260,000, your Annual Allowance reduces by £1 (down to a possible minimum of £10,000). If your total taxable income is over £200,000, you should check if the Tapered Annual Allowance applies to you.

Lifetime Allowance = £1,073,100

The Lifetime Allowance (LTA) is the maximum amount you can save into all your pensions throughout your working life before you have to pay tax. The LTA for the tax year 6 April 2023 to 5 April 2024 is £1,073,100.

You would have to pay tax on any pension savings you have that are over the LTA limit. The amount of tax you owe will depend on your income tax rate, rather than the LTA charge that was in place before 5 April 2023.

You should be aware that from 6 April 2024, there is a limit of £268,275 on the amount you can take as a lump sum when you take your pension. This limit won’t affect you if you have Lifetime Allowance protections.

Please note that Annual and Lifetime Allowance limits are subject to change. Visit for more information.