Why should I consider making a one-off payment?

  1. Full tax relief is available at your highest rate of income tax – the government will be helping to boost your savings.

  2. Large one-off contributions can have a positive impact on the amount in your pension account at retirement – the earlier you pay, the bigger the potential impact.

  3. You only make these payments when you can afford it – you’re not committed to large regular payments.

  4. Paying one-off pension contributions can help with general tax planning for example, restoring some or all of the personal tax allowance for higher earners, or reducing the value of an individual’s general estate for inheritance tax purposes.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

This page gives quick answers to the most common member questions for this topic. Here you can find the following questions being explored and/or explained:

  • When is the personal tax relief deadline?

  • How much can I pay into a registered pension scheme?

  • What are the main tax allowances and rules I should take into account?

  • What are my payment options?

  • How do I use bonus sacrifice to increase the efficiency of a one-off pension contribution?

  • What conditions do I need to know about before the one-off contribution is paid?

Find out more on our FAQ page

If you need impartial guidance or advice

The aim of this article is to give information about one-off contributions. This article doesn’t give personal or professional advice. If you need advice, then you should speak to an independent financial adviser. You can also contact the MoneyHelper service for more information and impartial guidance about making one-off contributions.

If you are still unsure, and you don’t already have an adviser, you can find a retirement adviser on the MoneyHelper service website.

Get in touch

If you have any questions, you can get in touch with us by email at smrt.pe/member-contact or by calling us on 0333 666 2626.

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