Pensions offer UK residents a tax efficient way to save and invest for their future, with a view to creating a large capital sum which can be drawn down from the age of 55.
Pensions are tax efficient because tax relief is applied to an individual’s relevant UK earnings, which generally means an employees salary and any bonuses they may receive from their employer.
In the case of business owners who may draw a small salary along with dividends based on their profits, it can mean that the ‘relevant UK earnings rule’ is not workable for a personally funded pension. This is because dividends are not considered ‘relevant UK earnings’ for funding purposes, which therefore limits the maximum personal contribution to the amount of the small salary drawn from the company.
There are effective ways to manage for this through establishing a suitable Directors Pension Scheme, where the company make the contributions on the employee’s behalf.
Where contributions are being made directly by the company these director’s pension schemes are subject to different rules for taxation to those of personal pensions. The use of these has implications for corporation tax and national insurance contributions.
At Tom French & Associates our advisers will help you set up a Directors Pension Scheme and advise business owners how to transfer wealth from their company into their personal domain in a tax efficient manner. This should be of particular interest to business owners who are higher rate tax payers.
If you run your own business and wish to discuss the possibility of introducing a Directors Pension please arrange a free consultation with one of our financial advisers. Call us on 0800 138 2199 or email email@example.com or complete our enquiry form.