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PENSION TAX RELIEF UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT?

One area where the Chancellor could raise a substantial amount of tax would be to restrict higher rate tax relief on pension contributions.

There have been recent consultations with the pensions industry and it has been suggested that the government top up might be increased to 30% but with no further tax relief. That would continue to encourage people to save for their own pension but the better off would get less tax relief. The pension rules continue to be complex and this may be announced as a simplification measure.

If you have spare cash that you are considering investing in your pension you might want to consider bringing that investment decision forward.