Pension Drawdown Service

Our free Pension Drawdown Service helps you make confident, stress free decisions to stay in control of your retirement income.

Your capital is at risk. Investments can go down as well as up and you may get back less than you originally invested. Read more on the risks
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What is drawdown?

Pension Drawdown is a flexible option for accessing your pension in retirement. You can withdraw lump sums, generate a steady income or do both, as and when you choose.

You can typically withdraw up to 25% of your pension pot tax-free, whilst leaving the rest invested. This means your pension can continue to grow over time. As with all investments, there is a chance that your pension could fall in value.

Moneyfarm’s drawdown service allows you to access your pension anytime after the age of 55.

Why choose Moneyfarm’s Pension Drawdown Service?


Free drawdown service

Pay no additional fees for accessing your pension in retirement


Tax efficient

Withdraw up to 25% of your pension tax-free and minimise tax liabilities


Flexible withdrawal

Access your pension savings, how and when you need


Human guidance

Cut through the jargon by speaking with one of our investment consultants


Hassle-free access

Let us handle everything, from withdrawals to relevant tax payments


Inheritance Tax benefits

Pass on pension funds to your beneficiaries free of inheritance tax

How does drawdown work?


Combine old pensions

Open a Moneyfarm Pension, and invest a lump-sum, set up a direct debit or transfer your old pensions for free


Plan for retirement

Think about how much you’ll need in retirement, the amount you want to access and how frequently


Understand your options

Speak with an investment consultant who will explain your options and guide you through the process


Enjoy your retirement

Sit back and relax – Moneyfarm will handle the rest

Moneyfarm’s Pension Drawdown options

Pension Commencement
Lump Sum (PCLS)

Tax-free Lump Sum withdrawal(s)

  • Withdraw up to 25% of your pension pot tax-free, either as a single lump sum or in instalments
  • Does not trigger your money purchase annual allowance, which restricts how much you can save in your pension each year
  • Leave your remaining pension funds invested to grow

Income Drawdown

Adjustable Income

  • Access your pension funds as taxable income, in monthly, quarterly or annual instalments
  • Adjust the amount and schedule of your income payments, as required
  • Combine this option with a tax-free lump sum withdrawal (PCLS)
  • Leave your remaining pension funds invested to grow

Uncrystallised Funds Pension
Lump Sum (UFPLS)

Ad-hoc Lump Sum withdrawal(s)

  • Withdraw single or multiple lump sums, as and when you choose
  • You can usually take 25% of each withdrawal tax-free
  • Leave your remaining pension funds invested to grow

Moneyfarm’s free drawdown service

Our drawdown service is free. This means:

  • No additional charge to enter drawdown
  • No additional administration charges
  • No withdrawal charges
  • No fund switching charges

During drawdown, you will continue to pay the same standard pension management charge as before. Click here for Pension fee details.

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Calculate your retirement income with Moneyfarm’s Pension calculator

About you

Your current situation




Your goal

Include state pension


Your pension

Retiring at 66 with your current monthly contribution of £200, your annual income will be £20,616 off your target.

Retirement income (annual):





Retirement pot:





Your contribution

By increasing your current monthly contribution and transferring your pension to Moneyfarm you'll be able to achieve your target retirement income.

Current monthly contribution of£200

A new monthly contribution of£427

Ideal monthly contribution of


Your options

  • Lower your target income

  • Delay your retirement

Or, let Moneyfarm help you:

  • Open a pension plan of £427 to increase your contribution

  • Transfer your current pension to Moneyfarm and increase your contribution by £427

Reach your target with us
How we calculated these figures

The figures here take into account of inflation at 2% and show the buying power of your pension in today’s money. We use the tax year 2024/25 for the relevant figures. If you have any questions, contact our Investment Consultants on 0800 433 4574 or email

This calculator aims to give you an indication of how much you may need to contribute to a pension to achieve your desired retirement income. The calculator should not be regarded as personal advice, nor is this a reliable indicator of future performance. As with all investments, your capital is at risk and the value can fall and rise, therefore you may get back less than you invest. One consensus is that you should aim for two - thirds of your final salary to maintain your current standard of living when retired.

The State Pension age in the UK is currently 66 years old for both men and women, while the age in which you can access a Private Pension is 55 (Increasing to 67 and 57 respectively from 2028).

This calculation assumes that your investments will grow by an annualised 5% during the accumulation phase - before your desired retirement age. Once retired, your investments will grow by an annualised 3%. We assume a Fixed Allocation portfolio, with an estimated total fee of 0.62% - including the Moneyfarm fee, underlying fund fee and the spread. We assume you will receive the full state pension of £11,501 a year during retirement and that you will live to the age of 82.6 based on the latest dataset published by the Office of National Statistics (National life tables – life expectancy in the UK: 2020 to 2022).

The drawdown time period is assumed to be from the age you would like to retire to your life expectancy as per above.

Regular contributions are assumed to be personal contributions increased in line with inflation and include the tax relief associated with a basic rate taxpayer. If you are a higher or additional rate taxpayer you may be eligible for higher amounts of tax relief.

The figures here are a guide and are not guaranteed. Your final pension fund and the income available will depend on factors including the growth your fund achieves, contributions you make in the future, charges, inflation, your retirement age, annuity rates at the time and the annuity options you choose. Your personal contribution could be less, as you may benefit from additional government tax relief. Contributions above the £60,000 per year allowance, or your annual income, will not receive tax relief; unless you are using unused allowances from previous tax years that have been carried forward.

This calculator does not take account tax charges which may apply to withdrawals or to contributions that exceed your allowances. Prevailing tax rates and reliefs are dependent on your individual circumstances and are subject to change.

The inheritance tax benefits of pension drawdown

With Moneyfarm’s Pension, funds left in your pension wrapper can usually be passed on free of inheritance tax. Some consider this to be a key advantage of drawdown over most standard annuities.

With drawdown, your beneficiaries can keep the flexibility associated with your pension pot. This means they have the option to withdraw as a lump sum, remain in drawdown or purchase an annuity.

The tax treatment of your assets will depend on when you pass away.

Under 75 years old – Beneficiaries will usually receive payments free of tax. They will have to claim within two years, after which they may be taxed

Over 75 years old – Beneficiaries will receive payments as income and be taxed accordingly

Pension Drawdown – Tax Considerations

Moneyfarm leaves you with more time to enjoy your retirement by handling the payment of any relevant taxes for you.

When you access your pension as taxable income, any withdrawal beyond your tax-free personal allowance will be subject to income tax. No National Insurance will be due on your pension income.

To determine your tax rate, your taxable pension income will be added to any other relevant income you receive in that particular tax year. You can find full details on what counts as relevant income on the HMRC Website.

Moneyfarm handles your payment of relevant taxes, leaving you with more time to enjoy retirement
Important considerations
  • Tax charges will apply if you exceed your lifetime allowance.
  • Large withdrawals may move you into a higher tax band. You could consider spreading your withdrawals over different tax years to take advantage of personal allowances and income tax bands.
  • Tax rules can change and your benefit entitlement depends on your personal circumstances.
  • It is important to ensure that your tax code is up to date with HMRC before you make a withdrawal to avoid any additional tax being applied

Crystallised, Uncrystallised and the Lifetime Allowance explained

Typically, each time you access your pension savings, you trigger a Benefit Crystallisation Event (BCE).

This results in the value of the crystallised funds (the funds you have accessed) being tested against your Lifetime Allowance of £1.055 million. The pension funds you have not accessed are called uncrystallised funds, which have not yet been tested against your lifetime allowance.

If your total pension savings exceed the lifetime allowance when you decide to take benefits or a benefit crystallisation event, a tax charge applies, called the lifetime allowance charge.

Other Benefit Crystallisation Events listed by HMRC include reaching the age of 75, transferring to a qualifying recognised overseas pension scheme, and passing away. You may experience a number of these events in your lifetime.

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