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Taxation Tax Codes



Taxation – Tax Codes

Your LGPS pension is a taxable income, but any lump sum is paid tax free. The amount of tax that you pay on your pension depends on your income and your personal circumstances.

If we receive your P45 with your retirement forms, we will use the tax code stated on your P45. If we don’t receive a P45 or we receive it after we have processed your retirement benefits, then your first pension payment will be subject to a Basic Rate tax code. This means you will be taxed at 20% or 40% dependent on your gross pension. HM Revenue and Customs Tax Office will then determine your tax code and send details to us. They calculate your tax code by assessing all of your income due in the financial year. If after receiving your tax code from HMRC you are due a tax refund, this will be paid on the next available payroll on the last banking day of the month. (Please note HMRC must send a revised tax code on a ‘cumulative basis’ for a tax refund to generate in your pension payment).

HMRC can instruct us to update your tax code throughout the year which may result in a refund of tax paid or any arrears of tax due being collected.

South Yorkshire Pensions Authority cannot amend your tax code without instructions from HMRC and cannot contact the tax office on your behalf. If you disagree with a tax code that has been applied or would like further information on how it has been calculated, please contact HMRC as only they can review and make changes to your tax code.

You can check your current tax code by viewing your pension payslip through your online account mypension opens in new window If you haven’t yet registered for the online account you will first need to register. You will need your National Insurance number and email address.

If you want to query the tax code that has been applied to your pension, please contact HMRC using the following contact details quoting tax reference 673/SY2 and your National Insurance number.

Telephone queries:
HM Revenue & Customs are open 8am-8pm Mon-Fri, 8am-4pm Saturday – 0300 200 3300

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