Special rules apply to the pension input amounts ending in the 2015/16 tax year, more information can be found in our article Carry forward in the 2015/16 transitional year.
There are a number of steps that need to be followed to work out the maximum amount that can be carried forward.
The answer is the maximum amount that can be carried forward to the current PIP.
*If the result is negative, the member would either have used carry forward or been liable for the annual allowance charge in that year.
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The 8 July 2015 Budget aligned PIPs with tax years, this applies to all pension schemes.
For the purposes of the annual allowance, 2015/16 has been split into two mini tax years, the pre-alignment tax year and the post-alignment tax year.
The annual allowance for PIPs ending in the pre-alignment period was £80,000 and £0 for the post-alignment period. Any unused annual allowance from the pre-alignment PIP can be used in the post-alignment PIP, capped at a maximum of £40,000.
Only unused annual allowance from the post-alignment period can be carried forward.
For more information see our article Carry forward in the 2015-16 transitional year.
It's not possible to carry forward unused annual allowance against the MPAA. Money purchase contributions must be limited to £4,000 to avoid a MPAA tax charge.
However, it's possible to carry forward unused annual allowance against the full annual allowance if it still applies to a defined benefit plan, For more information, see An explanation of the money purchase annual allowance (MPAA).
The annual allowance will be reduced for people who have ‘adjusted income’ over £150,000 a year. The annual allowance reduces by £1 for every £2 over £150,000. The maximum reduction is £30,000.
The reduction doesn't apply to someone who has a ‘threshold income’ of no more than £110,000.
For more information, see our article Tapering of annual allowance for high incomes - adjusted and threshold incomes and PTM057100: Annual allowance: tapered annual allowance
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