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NHS: Workplace Pensions

Question for Treasury

UIN 154145, tabled on 14 April 2022

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that NHS staff who undertake overtime can avoid cliff edge tax arrangements for the taxation on their pensions as a result of the annual allowance taper.

Answered on

26 April 2022

The Government is committed to ensuring that hard-working NHS staff do not find themselves reducing their work commitments due to the interaction between their pay, their pension, and the relevant tax regime.

In April 2020, the Government raised the thresholds above which the tapered annual allowance applies by £90,000. As a result, no one with a net income before tax below £200,000 is now affected by the tapered annual allowance. In addition, the annual allowance only begins to taper down for individuals who also have total income (including pension accrual) above £240,000. It is estimated that these changes have taken up to 96% of GPs and up to 98% of NHS consultants outside the scope of the tapered annual allowance.

These changes allow pension savers to build significant retirement savings tax free, while also ensuring that the highest earning pension savers do not receive a disproportionate benefit from pension tax relief.

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