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Any rise I have had in my old age pension during the last 2/3

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Any rise I have had in my old age pension during the last 2/3 years, seems to cancelled out by a change in my Tax Code. Therfore I have stayed on the same pension over this period. Any reason why this should be?
Hello, I'm Keith and happy to help you with your question.
Your State Pension (SP) is, as you are doubtless aware, taxable, although it is paid gross. Accordingly, to collect the tax due, HMRC reduce your code number by the amount of the SP to be paid. You should always check your tax code when notified to ensure that this adjustment is correct and corresponds with the figures notified by The Pensions Service.
The effect of this often results in what appears to be a lemon, but if you do calculate it out I am sure you mill find a modest annual increase overall is actually achieved and you are tax neutral at the year's end.
I do hope I have put your mind at rest on this matter, but like all things with HMRC it is a case of check, check and check again.
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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Thank you for that. Does this mean then that if the Tax allowance went up to £12500 before tax, put forward by Davis Cameron today, my state pension would be free of Tax?

Probably, that is his intention so I believe from my reading of tonight's TV news. However, if you have other pensions to which your tax code is applied then your income subject to tax would be State Pension + Other Income - Personal Allowance [promised at 12.5K] which might still leave you in a taxable position for any income in excess of the Personal Allowance. My Mother always cautioned me that promises were like pie crusts!

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