Order of BCEs when buying an annuity, net of PCLS
Hi, I think I’m unnecessarily getting a headache over a LTA calculation so I just need to confirm something in my head with the experts on here!
• An imaginary client has used 80% of their LTA of £1.25M, so £250K remaining
• They are about to use the value of their personal pension (£400K) to buy an annuity, taking 25% tax free cash (£100K).
• There are two BCEs which occur here….BCE4 – buying an annuity and BCE6 – payment of PCLS.
When purchasing an annuity, which BCE is tested first? I think it is the payment of £100K PCLS?
What about the fact that there is only £62,500 of the PCLS entitlement left? Does this mean £37,500 excess charged at 55%, with the £300K used to purchase an annuity taxed at 25%?