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This makes me so cross!

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Shinamae Fri 22-May-20 11:21:20

This makes me so cross!

Pantglas2 Fri 22-May-20 11:22:31


Shinamae Fri 22-May-20 11:23:45

I don’t think I’m being unreasonable to be cross about this but maybe I am. Basically I am 67 I work part-time in a care home which has had coronavirus and I have had it myself although thankfully had no symptoms I’m still obeying all the social distancing rules but it’s quite difficult when you’re in a care home having to give personal care. Anyway I digress, I have just looked at my payslip for this month and I have paid £181 tax I only work 24 hours a week but the government tax my pension along with my wages hence I pay such a lot of tax every month and personally I just don’t think this is fair but not much I can do about it as I want to continue working I love my job.....

3nanny6 Fri 22-May-20 11:24:09

Me as well, but what???

Pantglas2 Fri 22-May-20 11:29:08

Anyone with an income (whether it’s pension or salary) of more than £12500 pa will pay tax. I’m surprised that you’re surprised.

BlueBelle Fri 22-May-20 11:31:11

Have you only just started work Shinamae or haven’t you noticed before

prestbury Fri 22-May-20 11:32:25

Not quite sure what you are complaining about, it is the same for anyone of pensionable age.

You get an annual personal allowance of around 12k, your state pension is deducted from this giving a lower annual allowance, anything you earn above this is taxed.

There are only two sure things in this world, taxes and death.

rosenoir Fri 22-May-20 11:47:37

I assume you have always paid tax or have you just started this job?

Shinamae Fri 22-May-20 11:51:43

Yes I have always paid tax as I have always worked I just think it’s unfair to pay tax on your pension that’s all obviously I am in a minority here....

Poppyred Fri 22-May-20 12:07:43

At least you no longer have to pay N.I. contributions...bonus! 😊😊

Teetime Fri 22-May-20 12:11:02

I was told in Australia the state pension isn't taxed - not sure if that's true - DH is always griping about it.

Shinamae Fri 22-May-20 12:34:31

Thank you Poppyred and Teetime.....🙂

Alexa Fri 22-May-20 13:09:10

I am permanently livid with anger against such unfair pay scales. I hope to God the pandemic will get the abominable Tories shifted for good,

Sussexborn Fri 22-May-20 13:21:14

If the carers pay goes up, as it should, there will be even more tax to pay!

Can remember feeling indignant about tax as a teenager. By the time my mum took money for my keep, the tax and NI was deducted, I ended up with less than a third of my salary.

Luckygirl Fri 22-May-20 13:35:04

Tax is paid on retirement pensions - nothing we can do about that whatever our job is or was. Frustrating, but unavoidable - unless you are very very rich of course and can afford an accountant to dodge tax for you.

Chewbacca Fri 22-May-20 13:52:12

It's not the state retirement pension that's taxed; it's any income, from any source, that takes you above £12,500 annually. That's why I've deferred taking my state pension whilst I'm still working part time because I know I'd be taxed on it. And deferring taking the state pension means that it increases by 1% for every 5 weeks that you don't claim it. 10.4% if you leave it for a year.

PamelaJ1 Fri 22-May-20 14:21:51

I pay tax too but that’s one factor to consider when deciding to continue to work.
I decided not to defer my pension,unlike Chewbacca, because it means that I don’t have to draw down any money from my investments and, even now, they are doing OK.
At the moment, because I can’t work I am getting £160 furlough pay from the govn.
Thank you for helping me out Shinamae 👏🏻
Sorry couldn’t resist😂 I hope to be paying it back soon.

H1954 Fri 22-May-20 14:29:56

Why shouldn't you pay tax on a pension? It's income and contributions to it were no doubt deducted before tax. You can't have your cake and eat it!

Septimia Fri 22-May-20 14:37:12

I don't get enough pension to pay tax, but DH's pensions come to more than mine and he pays income tax. He has the benefit of the unused part of my tax allowance, though.

FarNorth Fri 22-May-20 14:44:27

It's not the state retirement pension that's taxed; it's any income, from any source, that takes you above £12,500 annually.

That is the vital point.

State pension is not taxed.
It is set against your personal allowance, and tax is then calculated on any other income you have.

GrannyGravy13 Fri 22-May-20 14:46:03

Tax is inevitable if you earn over the personal allowance I'm afraid.

Earnings include pensions whether they be private or state.

Hithere Fri 22-May-20 14:50:28

Generally speaking, taxes pay for public services we all use

If pensions are not taxed, the burden of your share would be moved to other taxpayers, usually younger in the age bracket.

Susie42 Fri 22-May-20 14:52:23

Have you checked that your tax code is correct? I have my state pension as well as three small private pensions and I always complete a Form R40 and send it off to HMRC and I usually receive a small tax refund.

Hithere Fri 22-May-20 14:53:51

Those in the younger bracket need to work two jobs to make ends meet, while older generation only needed one person in the family to live comfortably.

I cannot imagine adding more taxes to this younger bracket as they are strained as we speak.

Callistemon Fri 22-May-20 15:00:13

Teetime that is true. I'm not sure about private pensions, but the state pension, which is more generous than ours, is not taxed. However - and this is a very big however - it is means tested so not everyone receives it. Assets as well as other income are taken into account too, I believe.
If anyone emigrated to Australia years ago with a UK state pension, that is paid at the rate it was when they emigrated.