Originally Posted by fulcrum
Telegraph 22 December - Under the new tax free limits which were announced in the Autumn Statement, workers with a gold plated final salary pension scheme can get an inflation-linked income of up to £62.500 a year before they have to pay tax, while a saver on a defined contribution pension scheme could get a pension of just £35k before tax.
Just slightly disingenuous. 'Before they have to pay tax' actually means that they pay standard income tax up to an including 40% HRT on pension income, but if they exceed £62,500 pension income there is an additional
20% on income and 55% on the tax free pension lump sum. So the Telegraph is very misleading.
The comparison with a DC £35K pension is probably for an annuity for a 55 year old male and these can come in all sorts of varieties - so again probably misleading. I do agree though that the Final Salary schemes are the gold standard which is why they are being completely phased out as they are unaffordable in the private and public sectors.