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Tax on pension

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My private pension matured last March and although I sorted out the paperwork and annuities well before the policy matured the payments started weeks late. My birthdate was the beginning of March and I would have assumed the first payment would come in the 2018/19 tax year. Having recently received the P60 tax certificate for 2019/20  the pension provider has included the March 2019 payment in that tax year (2019/20) meaning I have paid hundreds of pounds in tax on this March 2019 payment. I did not use all my 12500 allowance in the 2018/19 tax year and would not have paid this tax on the first payment. The company pay the pension on the 2nd of each month.
I assume that if the pension income was 'earnt' in the 2018/19 tax year (ie March 2019) then it should be taxed in that tax year and not the following tax year 
Does anyone know if I am correct in assuming this.

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