Tax relief on UK pensions
For 2019/20 you can get tax relief on pension contributions up to £40,000 or 100% of your salary (whichever is lower). Any contributions that you make over this limit are taxed at the highest rate of tax you pay.
Basic rate taxpayers get a 25% tax top up, so if you paid £100 into your pension, HMRC would effectively add another £25 which would bring the total contribution up to £125. PensionBee will claim this tax top up on your behalf if you’re paying into a PensionBee plan.
Higher rate taxpayers can claim a further 20% through their tax returns, and top rate taxpayers can claim an additional 25%. You can claim this tax back in three easy steps.
If you earn less than £3,600 annually or don’t earn anything, the maximum amount you can contribute to your pension within the tax threshold is £2,880, bringing your total annual contribution to £3,600 once tax relief is added.
New tapered tax relief allowance
A new tapered allowance has recently been introduced, which affects the pension tax relief limits for high earners. It basically means that if your adjusted income (your income plus pension contributions) is over £150,000, your annual pension tax relief limit is reduced, and the amount tapers all the way down to £10,000 for incomes of £210,000 or more.
This table shows how the tapered allowance works:
|Earnings||New annual allowance|
|Up to £150,000||£40,000|
Claiming tax relief with PensionBee
When you make personal contributions to your PensionBee pension, we’ll add your 25% tax top up automatically! Please note that we are only able to apply for the standard basic rate tax relief. If you are a higher-rate tax payer, you will need to claim any additional tax relief yourself through your self-assessment tax return.
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Last edited: 28-03-2019