Bonus exchange will count as employer and not member contributions or AVCs. If you’re processing it through your normal payroll, the contribution details should be in the employer column.
You can make a single contribution at any time of the year – the deadlines above relate to meeting the tax year end deadline of 5 April.
2. BACS process from your business bank account
You will need to fill in this form and submit it – you need to fill out section 1 and your employee needs to fill out section 2. We will then be in touch with you about the next steps.
We can accept single contributions at any time, but if you want to meet the tax year end deadline of 5 April, you need to return the form to us by 27 March at the latest.
Your single pension contribution checklist:
Both you and your employees should seek appropriate financial advice to make sure there are no taxation or other technical problems with the payment of the single contribution.
Make sure the amount is allowed as a business expense for Corporation Tax relief purposes – once it’s in the pension scheme, it can’t be refunded to you. We recommend you contact your tax adviser.
Tell your employee that it's their responsibility to make sure that the single contribution complies with the annual allowance rules, otherwise they may face an unexpected tax bill.
Check which tax year the single contribution falls in. Single contributions can be made at any time during the year, but if it’s after 5 April it may not count against the member’s annual allowance until the next tax year. You should speak to your employee to check which is the appropriate tax year for their contribution planning.
Do you need impartial guidance or advice?
We can’t give financial advice – this article is for information only. If you need any specific advice about the contribution allowances and rules, and how much you can, or should, contribute, you should speak to your usual tax adviser. Alternatively, you can contact a retirement adviser. If you don’t have one you can find one using MoneyHelpers find a retirement adviserguidance.
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