Could salary sacrifice be the solution to fund your pension?

More and more people are using salary sacrifice to fund their pension, and if you aren’t you could be losing out!

If you are worried that you are too late to start saving for your retirement, this might be the solution.

Salary sacrifice is an important pension planning tool that permits employees and business owners to maximise the tax relief on pension contributions, with tax relief in excess of 60% possible.

Salary sacrifice means agreeing to a reduction in your salary in exchange for an alternative financial benefit. However, HMRC plan to change the rules for some financial benefits known as ‘benefits in kind’ – these include company cars, private medical insurance or even funding a mobile ‘phone contract.

The good news is that HMRC has confirmed that salary sacrifice for pension contributions is here to stay “because the government wishes to encourage employers to provide these [benefits] to employees.”

Example: The Benefits of Salary Sacrifice

Consider an employee earning £25,000 for the tax year 2016/17, who wants to contribute £100 a month (gross) to his/her personal pension.

The table below shows three different ways of funding the personal pension contribution and how the employee can benefit by using salary sacrifice.

Column A: the employee makes the contributions personally from salary.
Column B: the employee’s salary is sacrificed by the amount of the gross contribution, and employer pays into the pension – this gives the same pension contribution, with more take home pay.
Column C: the employee’s salary is sacrificed to the amount which leaves the same take home pay, and the employer pays the sacrificed salary into the pension. This gives a larger pension contribution with the same take home pay.


Table: How the employee can benefit:

Salary £25,000 £23,800 £23,588
Personal allowance £11,000 £11,000 £11,000
Taxable income £14,000 £12,800 £12,588
Tax payable £2,800 £2,560 £2,518
National Insurance £2,033 £1,889 £1,863
Net salary £20,167 £19,351 £19,207
Pension contributions (net) £960 Nil Nil
Spendable income £19,207 £19,351 £19,207



Pension contribution (gross) £1,200 £1,200 £1,412
Increase in take home pay Nil £144 Nil
Increase in pension contribution (gross) Nil Nil £212

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Don’t delay and don’t lose out. Call the pensions experts at Innes Reid on 01244 347583 to start using pension salary sacrifice today.

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