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Commentary - Annual Allowance

Commentary - Annual Allowance

Following today's Budget announcements relating to the Annual Allowance threshold being increased to £200,000, we spoke with experts from across Wesleyan Group to canvas their initial thoughts.

Ian Macvie, Technical Manager at Wesleyan, said: "Anything that reduces the likelihood of individuals in the NHS being hit with large tax bills for saving into their pension is a good thing.

"As a measure to address the impact of the tapered annual allowance on the NHS, it is a big step in the right direction. Calculations around the annual allowance and taper are very complex, but if a clinician's threshold income - the combination of their gross taxable income from all sources, minus tax-relievable contributions such as personal pension contributions - is now less than £200,000, they will retain the standard annual allowance of £40,000.

In addition, this means even if the new threshold income of £200,000 is exceeded, the taper will only start to apply where the individual's adjusted income (basically, their threshold income plus the value of the individual's pension savings) exceeds £240,000.

However, it is disappointing the tapered annual allowance has not been completely abolished, especially now the thresholds are now so high they will only effect a small minority of exceptionally high earners - it would have much simpler to just scrap the taper tax."

"We expect that the vast majority NHS staff will now come under this new threshold, giving the vast majority of hardworking doctors and clinicians much needed headroom. However, simply raising the taper thresholds doesn't go quite far enough in our view and we would of preferred for the tapered annual allowance to be scrapped completely."

Parminder Gill, advice policy consultant at Wesleyan, also commented:

"The tapered AA remains but the significant increase in the underlying threshold of £90,000 is substantial and will take many doctors (98% according to the government) out the firing line. The complexity of the tapered rules remain in place and may not please those that wanted the taper to be scrapped.

"However, the announcement it is a positive one for many doctors and one that now means you have to earn over £200,000 before potential being impacted by the tapered AA with the reduction in AA taking place once income, together with pension savings, exceed £240,000 instead of £150,000."

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