Tax Benefits of a SIPP
All eligible pension contributions automatically qualify for basic-rate tax relief. However, if you’re a higher rate or additional tax payer you could qualify for up to 45% tax relief, depending on your circumstances.
Read our case studies to see how tax relief works
The amount of tax relief you will be entitled to will depend on your individual circumstances and, most importantly, whether you are a higher-rate taxpayer or not.
SIPP tax relief
All eligible pension contributions automatically qualify for basic-rate tax relief:
- If you have UK earnings, you can contribute your entire income into your SIPP (subject to a 2013/2014 cap of £50,000). You will qualify for basic-rate tax relief automatically and for higher-rate and additional rate tax relief on that portion of your income that attracts a higher tax rate. Please note: Higher earners may be subject to limits on the higher-rate tax relief available.
- If you do not have any UK earnings you can still pay a net contribution of £2,880 a year into your SIPP and receive basic-rate tax relief of £720, which will bring your overall investment up to £3,600. You can also set up a SIPP for a child or spouse and pay the contributions on their behalf up to these limits.
The amount of tax relief you will be entitled to will depend on your individual circumstances and most importantly, whether you are a higher-rate taxpayer or not. Please note that tax rules can change.
Tax band explanations
An individual with no other allowances would start to pay higher rate tax over an income of £41,450 (calculated as your personal allowance plus the point at which the higher-rate tax band applies). Income received over this figure would be eligible for higher-rate tax relief if you decided to invest in a pension.
|£ per year||2013/14|
|Personal allowance (under 65s)||£9,440|
|Basic rate: 20%||£0 - £32,010|
|Higher rate: 40%||£32,011 - £150,000|
|Additional rate: 45%||Over £150,001|
|* Your personal allowance is reduced if your income is above £100,000|
Annual allowance for contributions?
The annual allowance is £50,000 for 2013/2014.
The annual allowance is currently expected to fall to £40,000 from 2014/2015, but this may be subject to change.
All your pension contributions into our SIPP, up to the annual allowance, qualify for basic-rate tax relief. Any contribution is net of basic rate tax. If you were to invest £800, an additional £200 would be collected automatically from the Inland Revenue on your behalf, added to your account, and be available to invest 6 to 11 weeks later. Higher-rate and additional rate taxpayers making contributions on their own behalf can reclaim a further tax relief through their self-assessment forms.
Please note: Higher earners may be subject to limits on higher-rate tax relief available.
See our SIPP case studies