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19Standard lifetime allowance from 2016-17

(1)Section 218 of FA 2004 (pension schemes etc: lifetime allowance) is amended in accordance with subsections (2) to (5).

(2)For subsections (2) and (3) (standard lifetime allowance is £1,250,000 but may be increased by Treasury order) substitute—

(2)The standard lifetime allowance for the tax years 2016-17 and 2017-18 is £1,000,000.

(2A)The standard lifetime allowance for any later tax year (“the subsequent tax year”) is the same as the standard lifetime allowance for the tax year immediately preceding the subsequent tax year, unless subsection (2C) provides for it to be higher.

(2B)Subsection (2C) applies if—

(a)the consumer prices index for the month of September in any tax year (“the prior tax year”) is higher than it was for the previous September, and

(b)the prior tax year is the tax year 2017-18 or a later tax year.

(2C)The standard lifetime allowance for the tax year following the prior tax year is the standard lifetime allowance for the prior tax year—

(a)increased by the percentage increase in the index, and

(b)if the result is not a multiple of £100, rounded up to the nearest amount which is such a multiple.

(2D)The Treasury must before the tax year 2018-19, and before each subsequent tax year, make regulations specifying the amount given by subsections (2A) to (2C) as the standard lifetime allowance for the tax year concerned.

(3)After subsection (5BB) insert—

(5BC)Where the operation of a lifetime allowance enhancement factor is provided for by any of sections 220, 222, 223 and 224 and the time mentioned in the definition of SLA in the section concerned fell within the period consisting of the tax year 2014-15 and the tax year 2015-16, subsection (4) has effect as if the amount to be multiplied by LAEF were £1,250,000 if that is greater than SLA.

(5BD)Where more than one lifetime allowance enhancement factor operates, subsection (5BC) does not apply if any of subsections (5A), (5B) and (5BA) applies.

(4)After subsection (5D) insert—

(5E)Where benefit crystallisation event 7 occurs on or after 6 April 2016 by reason of the payment of a relevant lump sum death benefit in respect of the death of the individual during the period consisting of the tax year 2014-15 and the tax year 2015-16, the standard lifetime allowance at the time of the benefit crystallisation event is £1,250,000.

(5)After subsection (5E) insert—

(5F)Where—

(a)benefit crystallisation event 5C occurs by reason of the designation on or after 6 April 2015 of sums or assets held for the purposes of an arrangement relating to the individual, and

(b)the individual died before 6 April 2012,

the standard lifetime allowance at the time of the benefit crystallisation event is £1,800,000.

(5G)Where—

(a)benefit crystallisation event 5C occurs by reason of the designation on or after 6 April 2015 of sums or assets held for the purposes of an arrangement relating to the individual, and

(b)the individual died in the period consisting of the tax year 2012-13 and the tax year 2013-14,

the standard lifetime allowance at the time of the benefit crystallisation event is £1,500,000.

(5H)Where—

(a)benefit crystallisation event 5C occurs by reason of the designation on or after 6 April 2016 of sums or assets held for the purposes of an arrangement relating to the individual, and

(b)the individual died in the period consisting of the tax year 2014-15 and the tax year 2015-16,

the standard lifetime allowance at the time of the benefit crystallisation event is £1,250,000.

(5I)Where—

(a)benefit crystallisation event 5D occurs by reason of a person becoming entitled on or after 6 April 2016 to an annuity in respect of the individual, and

(b)the individual died in the period beginning with 3 December 2014 and ending with 5 April 2016,

the standard lifetime allowance at the time of the benefit crystallisation event is £1,250,000.

(6)In section 280 of FA 2004 (abbreviations and general index for Part 4), in the entry for “standard lifetime allowance” for “and (3)” substitute “to (2C)”.

(7)In section 282 of FA 2004 (orders and regulations under Part 4), after subsection (2) (negative procedure applies to instruments not approved in draft) insert—

(3)Subsection (2) does not apply to an instrument containing only regulations under section 218(2D).

(8)The amendments made by subsections (2) to (4) have effect for the tax year 2016-17 and subsequent tax years.

(9)The amendment made by subsection (5)

(a)so far as it consists of the insertion of new subsections (5F) and (5G)—

(i)is to be treated as having come into force on 6 April 2015, and

(ii)has effect in relation to benefit crystallisation events occurring on or after that date, and

(b)so far as it consists of the insertion of new subsections (5H) and (5I)—

(i)is to be treated as having come into force on 6 April 2016, and

(ii)has effect in relation to benefit crystallisation events occurring on or after that date.

(10)Schedule 4 contains transitional and connected provision (including provision for “fixed protection 2016” and “individual protection 2016”).

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