Earn over £50K? You could be due a significant tax refund!

  •  By
  •  Murray Humphrey

The government is sitting on a pot of £830 million in unclaimed pension tax relief and Penfold want to help you track down and access those funds!

Certain pension schemes (see list below) offer a “relief at source” pension scheme. Relief at source means your contributions are taken from your salary after you have been taxed. Then your pension provider goes to HMRC to claim back the basic tax rate (20% of your pension contributions).

Earn over £50K? The rate of income tax is higher, typically 40-45%. This means that earners over £50K are due tax relief of 40-45% on their contributions to the pension scheme.

Here’s an example. Someone that earns £60,000 and pays into their company pension scheme on the standard UK minimum contributions (5% employee; 3% employer contributions) would be paying in £3000/year into their pension, and could be due £600/year in additional tax relief from HMRC.

The pension provider does not claim this from HMRC. You have to write to HMRC to receive it or alternatively if you do a self assessment tax claim include it there. The money arrives as a tax refund so you can decide whether to put it back into your pension or do something else with it. 

The good news is that we can automatically generate a tax relief claim form for you! All you have to do is complete this letter and send it to HMRC, then in a few weeks you should receive your tax refund.

Bottom line: if you earn over £50K you should complete the letter to see if you’re due tax relief!

An infographic showing tax relief for different types of taxpayers in the UK. Three columns represent the 'Basic rate taxpayer', 'Higher rate taxpayer (£50K - £150K)', and 'Additional rate taxpayer (£150K+)'. Each column shows a £100 pension contribution at the bottom with varying tax relief amounts above: £25 for Basic rate (claimed automatically), £25 for Higher rate (claimed by completing a form to HMRC), and £31.25 for Additional rate (also claimed by form). Arrows indicate that for Basic rate, the relief goes into the pension, and for Higher and Additional rates, it goes 'In your pocket'.

List of pension schemes that operate Relief at Source - note this is not exhaustive so please if you’re not sure complete and send off the letter anyway: 

  • NEST (National Employment Savings Trust)
  • The People’s Pension
  • True Potential Investments
  • Standard Life Workplace Pension
  • Aviva

More details can be found in the Government's website around pension tax relief here.

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Please note: tax benefits are dependent on personal circumstances. The examples used here are illustrative not guaranteed and may be subject to change. This article is not intended as financial advice.

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