Tax and your pension



What’s taxed

You pay tax if your total annual income adds up to more than your Personal Allowance.

The table shows the tax rates you pay in each band if you have a standard Personal Allowance of £12,500.

Income tax bands are different if you live in Scotland.

Band Taxable income Tax rate
Personal Allowance Up to £12,500 0%
Basic rate £12,501 to £50,000 20%
Higher rate £50,001 to £150,000 40%
Additional rate over £150,000 45%

Your total income could include:

You may have to pay Income Tax at a higher rate if you take a large amount from a private pension. You may also owe extra tax at the end of the tax year.

If your private pensions total more than £1,073,100

You usually pay a tax charge if the total value of your private pensions is more than £1,073,100. Your pension provider will take off the charge before you get your payment.

Tax if someone inherits your pension

Other rules apply if someone inherits your State pension or your private pension.




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