Tax controls and your LGPS benefits

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Contributions you pay to the LGPS are tax-free up to certain limits. You may have to pay extra tax if your pension savings are more than those limits.
There are limits on:
  • the amount of pension savings you can make in a year, and
  • the total amount of pension savings you can have in all pension schemes


before you have to pay extra tax. These are called the annual allowance and the lifetime allowance. This is in addition to any income tax you pay on your pension when it is paid to you. Most people will be able to save as much as they wish because their pension savings are less than the allowances.

There is no limit on the amount of pension contributions you can pay. You will not get tax relief on all your contributions if you pay more than your taxable pay into your pension in a tax year.

There is a limit on the amount of extra pension you can buy in the LGPS by paying additional pension contributions. The most you can currently buy is £7,352 of extra yearly pension.