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Pension Carry Forward

Pension Carry Forward

Sarah earns £185,000 per annum and has a history of making substantial pension contributions. She has recently inherited £150,000 and is considering a pension contribution of £50,000 to boost her retirement planning, but is confused about how much she can pay into a pension and obtain tax relief.

Client Circumstances:

  • Age 50 and looking to boost retirement provision.
  • 45% tax payer.
  • No dependents.
  • Has £150,000 of spare capital to invest for her long term future.
  • History of making large pension contributions.
  • Unsure of how much she can pay in and obtain tax relief.

Recommended Solutions:

  • Make a pension contribution of £85,000.
  • Carry forward unused pension allowance for use in future years (see over the page).

Benefits from advice given:

  • 45% tax relief on £35,000 of the pension contribution = £15,750.
  • 40% tax relief on £50,000 of the pension contribution = £20,000.
  • Sarah regains the use of her personal allowance of £10,000 representing a tax saving of £2,000 (£10,000 x 20%).
  • Carry forward unused allowance to allow future pension contributions and associated tax.
  • Sarah now understands what can be paid into pensions for this tax year and future tax years.

Sarah’s history of pension funding is summarised below:-


Sarah decides to make a pension contribution of £85,000 into her SIPP, giving her a total pension input amount of £85,000 for the tax year 2014/15. This contribution, in total, used not only her current annual allowance of £40,000, but also £30,000 of her unused allowance from tax year 2011/12 plus £15,000 of her unused allowance from 2013/14.

This leaves £20,000 of un-used allowance which can be carried forward for future years.

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