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Make the most of your pension allowances

Find out how to make the most of the tax-efficient pension allowances with our handy guides. They can help you understand what allowances and limits might apply to you and how to maximise your pension savings.

Important information - the value of investments can go down as well as up so you may not get back what you invest. Eligibility to invest in a pension and tax treatment depends on personal circumstances and all tax rules may change in the future. You can’t normally access money in a pension until age 55 (57 from 2028). This information is not a personal recommendation for any particular product, service or course of action. If you are in any doubt whether or not a pension transfer is suitable for your circumstances we strongly recommend that you seek advice from one of Fidelity's advisers or an authorised financial adviser of your choice.

Tax relief

Tax relief is a government tax-break intended to encourage you to save for your retirement. The amount of tax relief you are entitled to depends on a range of factors relating to your personal situation. We can help you understand more about how the tax relief rules might affect your contributions.

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Lump sum allowance

The lump sum allowance (LSA) is a cap on the amount of tax-free cash you can take from your pension savings.

Find out more about the lump sum allowance

Annual allowance

The annual allowance is the limit on how much you can save into your pensions each tax-year while still benefiting from tax relief on your contributions, any employer contributions and any contributions made on your behalf by someone else.

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Tapered annual allowance

The tapered annual allowance further limits the amount of tax relief high earners can claim on their pension contributions by reducing the annual allowance. Read more about how this might affect you and the steps you can take to make your contributions more tax-efficient.

Find out about tapered annual allowance

Carry forward

Carry forward allows you to make use of unused annual allowances from the three previous tax years if you have used up your annual allowance for the current tax year, thus increasing the amount of tax relief you can claim. Find out how this works and how you might be able to claim it.

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Money purchase annual allowance

Once you begin taking taxable money from your pension pot using pension freedoms, generally you will be subject to a reduced annual allowance that limits the tax relief that you can receive on future contributions. Find out more about how and if this might affect you.

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