You have reached your 58th birthday and have a pension pot of £20,000. You are a Basic rate taxpayer and have decided you would like to take your pension pot out of Creative Pension Trust in one go. Because the first 25% of your pension pot is paid tax-free, you will receive the first £5,000 of your savings with no tax deduction. The remaining three-quarters of your pension pot is taxed at your highest marginal rate of tax.
As a Basic Rate taxpayer, this means the remaining £15,000 is taxed at 20%*, meaning a tax charge of £3,000 is deducted, leaving £12,000. This means the total you would receive from your pension savings after tax would be £17,000.
However, if you were already a Higher Rate taxpayer, or taking your pension in full pushed you into the Higher Rate tax bracket, the remaining three-quarters of your pension pot would now be taxed at 40%*, the Higher Rate of Income Tax. The tax charge would therefore be £6,000, rather than £3,000 and the total payable to you after tax would therefore be £14,000.
*Allowances, limits and tax bands are set by the Government and subject to annual review. All information provided is based on current legislation and HMRC rules, which are subject to change.