What is a Pension Annuity?
A pension annuity is a product that converts your pension pot into guaranteed regular income for the rest of your life, no matter how long you live. With a pension annuity, you'll know exactly how much you're getting, come rain or shine.
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- A fixed or increasing income
You can choose a fixed income that always stays the same or set your income to increase every year to help you keep up with inflation. It can increase by a set percentage or in line with the Retail Price Index (RPI). It’s worth remembering that the higher the increase you choose, the lower your starting income will be.
- Payment options
You can choose monthly or yearly payments and you can select to be paid at the start (in advance) or at the end (in arrears) of the month or year you’ve selected.
- Guaranteed minimum payment period
You can guarantee to have your income paid for a certain amount of time – up to 30 years – once your annuity starts. If you die during this time, we’ll continue to pay your income to anyone you choose until the end of this period.
- Choose to protect all or part of the amount used to buy your annuity.
When you die we'll pay a lump sum for the amount protected, minus any income payments already made. You can protect 25%, 50%, 75% or 100% of the original amount used to buy your annuity.
- Options to support your dependants
You can continue to have your payments paid to a loved one after you die by choosing either 50%, 67% or 100% of your income.
If you have any medical conditions or lifestyle risks then you could get a higher income, with an ‘enhanced annuity’. When getting a quote online there is a section to capture these details. This also applies to your partner and could mean you receive a higher income.
When providing your information it’s important to share accurate personal health information with us, as this may help provide you with a higher income. We may ask for a report from your doctor to confirm information you've given us. Your income may be changed if we find the report doesn't match your application.
- Once agreed, it can't be changed
You'll need to be certain of the choices you make - there's no going back once the cancellation period ends and your Pension Annuity has started.
- No cash-in value
The Pension Annuity can’t be cashed in or surrendered.
- Your income is taxable
Income above your personal allowance is taxable. It may also affect any means-tested benefits you might receive. The amount of tax you pay on income from the plan will depend on your circumstances, and may change based on your income tax rate.
- You may get back less than you paid
Depending on how long you live and the options you choose, you may receive less in income payments than the amount of the pension pot you used to buy the Pension Annuity.
- Inheritance Tax
Death benefits from a pension are generally exempt from Inheritance Tax where the pension trustees have discretion over who receives them. However, there are some scenarios where Inheritance Tax may still apply.
The choices you make may affect your income for the rest of your life, and you can't change your options later. We strongly recommend seeking financial guidance or advice.
Pension Wise is a government service from MoneyHelper that offers free impartial pension guidance. Available if you're 50 or over, you should consider having a free Pension Wise appointment, before you decide how to access your pension.
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Common annuity questions
'Pension' could be used to refer either to the amount that you have saved in your pension pot through private or workplace pensions, or to the state pension, which is paid by the Government.
A pension annuity is a product that you can buy with your pension pot, which guarantees to pay you an income for the rest of your life.
From 1 June 2022, the Financial Conduct Authority now requires pensions providers to refer customers to Pension Wise guidance and explain the nature and purpose of this guidance, when they decide to access their pension savings.
Pension Wise from MoneyHelper is a free and impartial Government pension guidance service.
Your decision about which options to choose is likely to be influenced by many factors, such as how much income or cash you need now and in the future. You should also consider your personal circumstances and the impact that your choices may have on taxation, State Benefits, Annual Allowances and any dependants.
If you apply for a Pension Annuity, you have 30 days from the date you receive our confirmation that your annuity has started to change your mind. If you do not take this opportunity to cancel, your annuity will continue for the rest of your life.
An enhanced annuity is an increased income that you could get, if you have any medical conditions or lifestyle risks. You'll need to answer some medical and lifestyle questions to see if this applies to you. You can learn more in our enhanced annuities article.
There are options you can choose when buying an annuity that guarantees some money goes to your loved ones when you die. See the features section for more details.
There are lots of different types of annuity to choose from. And some have benefit options available too. You can learn more in our ‘Types of annuity’ article.
We only sell lifetime and enhanced annuities.
How annuities work
Many people are looking for reliable ways of funding their later years. Perhaps you want to make sure the bills are covered for the foreseeable future. Maybe you’d like to fund those trips you’ve always dreamed of taking, or that hobby you’ve always loved so much. Or you might just want to top up your income when you switch to working part time.
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Making well-informed decisions about how to finance your retirement is important so it’s worth shopping around and using available guidance and advice, before you buy:
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