Government contributions in the form of tax relief
The level of government pension contributions you receive depends on your income tax bracket. If you’re a basic rate taxpayer, you get tax relief at a rate of 20%, up to an annual limit.
Your pension provider automatically claims this basic rate contribution on your behalf and adds it to your pension pot. If you’re a higher rate taxpayer or an additional rate taxpayer, you can claim an additional 20% or 25% tax relief through your tax return.
This means that for basic rate taxpayers, the government adds £2 for every £8 you pay in, so you only need to make an £8 contribution to add £10 to your pension pot.
For 2016/17 most people get this tax relief on pension contributions up to 100% of their salary, capped at a maximum of £40,000. For higher earners there’s a tapered tax relief limit, which means if your income is £150,000 your pension tax relief limit is reduced, all the way down to a maximum of £10,000 if you’ve got an income of over £210,000. You can find out more about this on our page on pension contribution limits.
PensionBee brings all your old pensions together in one new online plan. When you make contributions, we’ll automatically claim tax relief from the government and add it to your pension pot. You can manage your pension online from your BeeHive: check your balance and past contributions, set a projected retirement income, and make contributions in a few clicks. Sign up to PensionBee now.
As always with investments, with a pension your capital is at risk. The value of your investment can go down as well as up, and you may get back less than you invest. This information should not be regarded as financial advice.
Last edited: 03-10-2016