Douglas’s excess benefits value is £926,900 (£2,000,000 - £1,073,100). Douglas is taking the excess benefits value as income, so the scheme administrator deducts a tax charge of 25% of the excess (£231,725). This leaves a net excess value of £695,175.
The benefits Douglas takes from his personal pension scheme are as follows:
|Total benefits value||£2,000,000|
|Tax-free cash (25% of standard lifetime allowance)||£268,275|
|Benefits over the standard lifetime allowance||£926,900|
|Lifetime allowance charge||£231,725|
|Net of charge excess benefits value||£695,175|
|Residual benefits value (£1,073,100 - £268,275)||£804,825|
|Total benefits value to provide an income||£1,500,000|
The scheme administrator pays HMRC the tax charge of £231,725 and pays tax-free cash to Douglas of £268,275. Douglas uses the remaining benefits value of £1,500,000 to purchase a lifetime annuity.
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