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Annual allowance: money purchase annual allowance: hybrid arrangements: relevant hybrid arrangement: example: multiple relevant hybrid arrangements

Section 227D Finance Act 2004

Example

Sara is subject to the money purchase annual allowance for the current tax year due to flexibly accessing a money purchase arrangement in the previous tax year.  The tapered annual allowance does not apply to Sara for the current tax year.

The annual allowance for the current tax year is £40,000.

For the money purchase annual allowance for the current tax year there is a £10,000 allowance for ‘money-purchase inputs’ and the alternative annual allowance for ‘other inputs’ is £30,000 (£40,000 less £10,000).

Sara has unused annual allowance of £18,000 from previous tax years that she can carry forward to the current tax year.

For the current tax year, Sara has four arrangements to take into account for annual allowance purposes.

Two of Sara’s arrangements are hybrid arrangements. Both were set up after 14 October 2014 and provide either defined benefits or other money purchase benefits when Sara retires.

The other two arrangements are a defined benefits arrangement and a money purchase arrangement.

In the case of each arrangement, the pension input period ending in the current tax year had started after Sara flexibly accessed the money purchase arrangement.

The pension input amounts for each arrangement are:

  arrangement 1
hybrid arrangement 2
hybrid arrangement 3
defined benefits arrangement 4
money purchase          
           
  defined benefits pension input amount £20,000 £15,000 £28,000 n/a
  money purchase pension input amount £8,000 £4,000 n/a £5,000

 

For annual allowance purposes, Sara must calculate the pension input amounts for each respective hybrid arrangement as if the arrangement had been a defined benefits as well as an other money purchase arrangement. Ordinarily, whichever is the greater of those amounts is the pension input amount for the respective arrangement for the tax year concerned.

For the purpose of the annual allowance for the current tax year, Sara’s total pension input amount is £68,000, which is the aggregate of the defined benefits pension input amount for both hybrid arrangements together with the pension input amounts for the defined benefits arrangement and money purchase arrangement (£20,000 + £15,000 + £28,000 + £5,000).

Sara’s total pension input amount (£68,000) has exceeded her available annual allowance for the current tax year of £58,000 (£40,000 annual allowance plus carried forward unused annual allowance of £18,000).

This means that the amount of Sara’s total pension input amount which would be chargeable to the annual allowance charge by reference to Sara’ s available annual allowance for the current tax year is £10,000 (£68,000 less [£40,000 + £18,000]). This is Sara’s ‘default chargeable amount’.

However, for both hybrid arrangements, the defined benefits pension input amount is greater than the other money purchase pension input amount. This means that both arrangements are relevant hybrid arrangements and that a further series of steps therefore needs to be carried out using the hybrid arrangements in different combinations.

The further set of steps are to determine if the £10,000 money purchase annual allowance is exceeded and, if so, the greatest amount that would be chargeable to the annual allowance charge by reference to the money purchase annual allowance (the ‘alternative chargeable amount’).

Sara must then compare the alternative chargeable amount against the default chargeable amount. The alternative chargeable amount will apply for the current tax year if it exceeds the default chargeable amount. Otherwise the default chargeable amount will apply.

Sara has two relevant hybrid arrangements which means there are four possible combinations, one containing both hybrid arrangements, one which is empty and the remaining other combinations containing one or the other of the hybrid arrangements.

For a combination containing a hybrid arrangement, Sara has to use the other money purchase pension input amount instead of the defined benefits pension input amount for the hybrid arrangement concerned.

For a combination not containing a hybrid arrangement, Sara has to use the defined benefits pension input amount for the hybrid arrangement which has not been included.

The four possible combinations are made up as follows:

Combination one - hybrid arrangement 1 only

Combination two - hybrid arrangement 2 only

Combination three - hybrid arrangement 1 and hybrid arrangement 2

Combination four - hybrid arrangements 1 & 2 left out.

For combination one, the ‘money-purchase input’ would be

£8,000 + £5,000 = £13,000

(arrangements 1 and 4)

For combination two, the ‘money-purchase input’ would be

£4,000 + £5000 = £9,000

(arrangements 2 and 4)

For combination three, the ‘money-purchase input’ would be

£8,000 + £4,000 + £5,000 = £17,000

(arrangements 1, 2 and 4)

For combination four, the ‘money-purchase input’ would be

£5,000

(arrangement 4 only).

Of the four combinations, one and three result in a ‘money-purchase input’ over the £10,000 money purchase annual allowance. This means that those two combinations go forward for the next stage of calculations for the money purchase annual allowance.

Combination one

Excess of’ money-purchase input’ over £10,000 = £3,000

Excess of ‘other inputs’ over the alternative annual allowance = nil

£43,000 (arrangement 2 using defined benefits pension input amount plus arrangement 3) over the sum of £30,000 plus £18,000 = £nil

Note - Sara’s carried forward unused annual allowance of 18,000 is added to the alternative annual allowance (£30,000), giving an available alternative annual allowance for the current tax year of £48,000

Alternative chargeable amount for combination one = £3,000

Combination three

Excess of’ money-purchase input’ over £10,000 = £7,000

Excess of ‘other inputs’ (£28,000 for arrangement 3) over the alternative annual allowance (£30,000) = nil

Alternative chargeable amount for combination three = £7,000

Combination three gives the greatest alternative chargeable amount (£7,000) for the current tax year.

Sara’s alternative chargeable amount found from Combination three (£7,000) is less than her default chargeable amount (£10,000).

This means Sara will be liable for the annual allowance charge on basis of her default chargeable amount for the current tax year of £10,000.