Another personal tax question - Personal Pension Contributions

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NickyW
NickyW Registered Posts: 97 Regular contributor ⭐
Hi there
I understand that if you make say £5000 worth of personal pension contributions, the upper tax of 37400 would be raised to 42400.
What I don't understand is what is the benefit if you are a lower rate tax payer say earning £20k a year.
Also how does this translate in the real world - if you work in an office does the employee have to show some sort of documentation showing how much has been paid into their pension. Is the tax adjusted at the end of the year?

Regards
Nicky

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  • Fireraiser
    Fireraiser Registered Posts: 91 Regular contributor ⭐
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    The benefit a basic rate taxpayer gets, is that for every £80 (s)he pays into a PPP, the provider claims £20 back from HMRC, thus investing £100. This also works for Stakeholder Pensions
  • sama
    sama Registered Posts: 40 Regular contributor ⭐
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    If a higher rate tax payer is in this situation, does (s)he need to do a tax return to claim the increased higher rate band? It is just my feeling that it wouldn't be done automatically. Could someone confirm this?
  • Fireraiser
    Fireraiser Registered Posts: 91 Regular contributor ⭐
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    sama wrote: »
    If a higher rate tax payer is in this situation, does (s)he need to do a tax return to claim the increased higher rate band? It is just my feeling that it wouldn't be done automatically. Could someone confirm this?

    Yes, self assessment form is needed. ICBW, but aren't all higher rate tax payers sent SA returns as a matter of course?
  • Monsoon
    Monsoon Registered Posts: 4,071 Beyond epic contributor 🧙‍♂️
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    Fireraiser wrote: »
    ICBW, but aren't all higher rate tax payers sent SA returns as a matter of course?


    That assumes HMRC are competent.......... ;)

    And no, the onus is on the tax payer to notify HMRC if they have additional liability.
  • A-Vic
    A-Vic Registered Posts: 6,970 Beyond epic contributor 🧙‍♂️
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    Monsoon wrote: »
    That assumes HMRC are competent..........
    .

    Hahahahahahah LMAO :lol: now that has to be the funnest thing ive read
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