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First time on and first post so please be gentle!

I am due to start receiving my state pension in January. My wife and I currently receive pension credit which we know will stop when I start to receive my pension.

 

I have a private pension pot that I have received advice on, giving me options on annuities and lump sums.

One option I am considering is a draw down option where I would only take an amount (after my state pension starts) which would keep me below the total income permitted during the current tax year before any additional tax would be due, accepting tax will be deducted on the lump sum before being paid to me.

 

My question is how this income during the current tax year, IF TAKEN, might be interpreted in relation to the pension credit we have received weekly since April 2015. HMRC will receive a statement of my income for the year and the tax paid and by inter departmental awareness the pension credit dept may say "hang on this person must have under declared his weekly income and we want the pension credit back!!"

 

Can lump sum drawdown of part of a pension pot be equally spread out over a tax year or is it only taken into account from the date it is received.

I note that only the govt pension credit page private pensions should be taken into account from the date you can get it - As this is this now 55 is there a possibility that anyone with a pension pot that was being held in reserve till retirement will be affected as it is technically income not claimed.

 

Sorry to be long winded but any help would be appreciated.

 

I have spoken to pension credit and HMRC and my financial advisor couldn't larify the position.

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Not everybody can claim a private pension pot from age 55 so that won't be deemed as income not claimed by HMRC. That is a bit of an urban myth going around.

 

Your income is assessed over the financial year, regardless of when you received the lump sum. The lump sum is taxed at whatever rate is applicable to you and you need to get a form P50 or P53z from HMRC to reclaim the tax.

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If you take the lump sum before april 6th then the money will count towards this year's income and adjustments may have to be made to you pension credit after the end of the financial year.

Leave all of your pension pot intact and it is treated as not being your money so will be ignored for all benefits purposes. If you then cash in it will be assessed as capital rather than income, take an annuity and it is income.

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