Lifetime allowance charge - designated money in drawdown at age 75

A worked example of how the lifetime allowance charge is calculated for somebody in drawdown at age 75.
  • James retired in September 2012 at age 65 with DC savings of £1,200,000.
  • He designates £900,000 for drawdown and takes £300,000 tax-free cash.
  • James and his partner can live comfortably off the income from her business, so James doesn’t take any income from his drawdown plan.
  • On reaching age 75 in 2022, James’s scheme administrator must carry out a BCE 5A check to see if a lifetime allowance charge is due on the net growth in his funds.

James’s situation will be as follows:

Total DC savings at age 65 £1,200,000
Amount designated for drawdown at age 65 £900,000
Lifetime allowance in 2012 £1,500,000 
% of lifetime allowance used 80%
Lifetime allowance at age 75 £1,073,100
Value of drawdown funds at age 75 £1,510,339
Net growth in funds at age 75 £610,339
Lifetime allowance remaining at age 75 £1,073,100 – [(£1,200,000 x £1,073,100/£1,500,000)] = £214,620 (20%)
Excess over lifetime allowance at age 75 £395,719 (£610,339 - £214,620)
Tax charge (£395,719 x 25%) £98,930
Residual fund (£1,510,339 - £98,930) £1,411,409

The scheme therefore pays the lifetime allowance excess charge of £98,930 to HMRC and James’s fund is reduced to £1,411,409.

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