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Pre-Budget Report

Simplifying the taxation of pensions: the Government's proposals

Simplifying the taxation of pensions: the Government’s proposals responds to comments from the consultation which began on 17 December 2002 and sets out the proposed new regime in detail. The document also includes proposals that will help ensure a successful transition to the new, simplified regime.

There are currently eight different tax regimes governing pensions, depending on the type of pension and when the individual member joined the scheme. These regimes comprise complex rules that seek to limit annual contributions to and final benefits from a pension scheme. The complexity of these rules imposes unnecessary inflexibility, drives up costs and, worst of all, discourages people from saving in a pension.

The main element of pensions tax simplification is the removal of the existing complex rules and regulations, replacing them with a single lifetime allowance for the level of tax-privileged saving of £1.4 million.

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