What is Pension Income?

Shawn Plummer, CRPC

Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor

What is Pension Income?

Pension income refers to the regular payments individuals receive from a pension fund after retirement. This income is typically based on factors like years of service and salary history.

Do You Pay Taxes On Pension Income

Is a Pension Considered Earned Income?

No, a pension is not considered earned income. Earned income usually refers to wages, salaries, tips, and other taxable employee pay. Pension income is classified differently for tax purposes.

Do You Pay Taxes on Pension Income?

Yes, you generally pay taxes on pension income. The taxation depends on the type of pension and whether contributions were made with pre-tax or after-tax dollars.

Examples of Pension Taxation

  1. Traditional Pension Plans: Contributions are often made with pre-tax dollars, and the entire pension amount is taxable when received.
  2. Roth Pension Plans: Contributions are made with after-tax dollars, so distributions are usually tax-free.

Pension Income Taxation

Pension TypeContributionsTax on Distributions
RothAfter-taxGenerally Tax-Free
Pension Income


Pension income is a key component of post-retirement finances. While it is not considered earned income, it is subject to taxation depending on the pension plan type. Understanding these details helps in effective retirement planning.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the different types of pension income available?

The different types of pension income available include defined benefit plans, contribution plans, and hybrid plans.

What are the tax implications of receiving pension income?

Pension income is generally taxable as ordinary income, with the amount of tax depending on the recipient’s tax bracket and the type of pension plan.

What is the pension income?

Pension income refers to the regular payments a person receives after retirement, often from a pension fund or retirement plan they’ve contributed to during their working years.

Is pension money considered earned income?

No, pension money is not considered earned income. It is classified as unearned income because it comes from past employment rather than current work activities.

How much is pension taxed?

The taxation of pensions depends on various factors, including total income and place of residence. In general, pension income is taxable at your regular income tax rate. Always consult a tax advisor for specifics.

Who pays for pensions?

Pensions are typically funded through contributions from multiple sources, primarily employers, but often also from employees and sometimes unions. Employers usually bear the majority of the responsibility for funding the pension plan, contributing a set amount to the pension fund on behalf of their employees. Employees may also contribute a portion of their earnings towards their pension, depending on the specific terms of the plan. In some cases, especially with unionized workers, unions may negotiate contributions to the pension fund as part of collective bargaining agreements. This collective funding approach helps ensure that sufficient resources are available to provide retirees with a stable income in their retirement years.

Can I Roll My Lump-Sum Pension into a 401k?

Unfortunately, you cannot roll your lump-sum pension directly into a 401k. However, there is a viable alternative: rolling into a deferred Individual Retirement Annuity (IRA) with a Guaranteed Lifetime Withdrawal Benefit (GLWB). This approach combines aspects of both a 401k and a pension.

Shawn Plummer, CRPC

Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor

Shawn Plummer is a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor, insurance agent, and annuity broker with over 14 years of first-hand experience with annuities and insurance. Since beginning his journey in 2009, he has been pivotal in selling and educating about annuities and insurance products. Still, he has also played an instrumental role in training financial advisors for a prestigious Fortune Global 500 insurance company, Allianz. His insights and expertise have made him a sought-after voice in the industry, leading to features in renowned publications such as Time Magazine, Bloomberg, Entrepreneur, Yahoo! Finance, MSN, SmartAsset, The Simple Dollar, U.S. News and World Report, Women’s Health Magazine, and many more. Shawn’s driving ambition? To simplify retirement planning, he ensures his clients understand their choices and secure the best insurance coverage at unbeatable rates.

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