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Pension tax allowances

Pension tax allowances are limits on how much you can pay into a pension over a year (Annual Allowance) and build up in a pension over the course of your working life (Lifetime Allowance). Read the Tax summary factsheet for an overview.

The Annual Allowance is £40,000 for most people but it might be lower if you’re a high earner or if you take your pension benefits flexibly. Read the Annual Allowance factsheet for more information.

The Lifetime Allowance is £1 million from the 2016/2017 tax year. Read the Lifetime Allowance factsheet for more information.

If you go over these limits, you may have to pay a tax charge. These pension tax allowances are unlikely to affect the majority of our members.

We’ve produced several in-depth factsheets and worksheets that explain these limits in more detail. However, if you think you may be affected by these limits, you should consider getting independent financial advice.