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Lifetime Allowance (LTA)

The lifetime allowance (LTA) is the total capital value of all your pension arrangements which you can build up without paying extra tax. If the value of your benefits when you take them exceeds your lifetime allowance, a tax charge will be made against the excess.

The lifetime allowance for the tax year 2021 to 2022 is £1,073,100 (1 million, 73 thousand, 1 hundred).The LTA will remain at this up to and including the tax year 2025 to 2026.

Most pension savings will be significantly less than the lifetime allowance.

Pension benefits assessed against the LTA

The lifetime allowance covers any pension benefits you may have in all tax-registered pension arrangements, not just this scheme.

The total value of your pension benefits assessed against the LTA does not include:

  • any State retirement pension
  • State pension credit
  • spouse's pension
  • civil partner's pension
  • dependant's pension you may be entitled to.

We must use factors provided by the Government Actuary’s Department (GAD) for calculations. These factors can change from time to time.

Protections

There are protections for those affected by the lifetime allowance. Find out about LTA protections in tax controls and pensions

Further help

The Local Government Association (LGA) has produced a factsheet about the LGPS and the lifetime allowance. Read the LGA's LGPS lifetime allowance factsheet. (PDF, 159.5 KB)

Use the Lifetime Allowance (LTA) quick check tool for LGPS members. It estimates how much of the LTA your LGPS benefits would use and if an excess tax charge is likely.