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Posted Sun, 03 Dec 2023 18:10:54 GMT by Tooby
Hi, As a company director if I pay some of the income of my company into a private pension, is there anything I need to do to verify what kind of pension pot it is? At the moment it is a payment that is going out every month to a pension provider and it is showing up as such on the bank statements. Thanks
Posted Fri, 08 Dec 2023 12:09:01 GMT by HMRC Admin 25
Hi Toobyy,
HMRC have no need to verify the type of pension pot.
We do need to know if the pension was set up and paid by the company on behalf of the director or is it an existing private pension set up prior to the directors appointment.
Thank you. 

Posted Fri, 08 Dec 2023 12:16:02 GMT by Tooby
Thanks for the confirmation. How does one go about informing you of this? It was not set up prior to the directors appointment but set up by me (as the director) as a private pension.
Posted Tue, 12 Dec 2023 08:56:09 GMT by HMRC Admin 8
We assume that you are contributing to a registered pension scheme.
If so, the amount the company contributes directly to that scheme will be an allowable expense for tax purposes provided there is no non-trade purpose for the payment.
The deduction for the company’s contribution can be claimed in the company’s accounts.
The accounts will have to be filed with HMRC and form part of the company’s corporation tax return.
The guidance in HMRC’s Business Income Manual at BIM46035 which will help you to decide if there is a non-trade purpose
Contributions by the company count towards your annual allowance. This is  the maximum amount of pension savings an individual can make each year with the benefit of tax relief.
Please see the guidance in HMRC’s Pensions Tax Manual at PTM05110 
For queries about pension schemes please contact Pensions Schemes Services. Online/phone/postal contact details can be found on the website at:
Pension schemes
Thank you.
Posted Tue, 19 Dec 2023 11:35:09 GMT by silvnic
Hello, I have the same question. Can the LTD company contribute some of its income to a private pension held by a director? In my case, there are no employees, only 2 directors (close company) and the director's pension is an existing private pension that was set up prior to the directors appointment. Is this allowed and if yes, will this be considered as allowable expense for corporation tax purposes? Thank you.
Posted Thu, 04 Jan 2024 11:56:56 GMT by HMRC Admin 20
Hi silvnic,
Please consider the guidance in the business income manual at BIM46000 onwards this deals with contributions to registered pension schemes and unregistered pension schemes. it is recommended that you take professional advice before making your decision.
Thank you.
Posted Wed, 10 Jan 2024 20:08:55 GMT by silvnic
Hello, I have read BIM46000 and also BIM46035 and given your earlier response by HMRC Admin 8 on 12/12/023 I understand that: The employer (LTD company) can offer a remuneration package - that was wholly and exclusively for the purposes of the employer’s trade - to the directors in the form of pensions contributions to a registered pension scheme (i.e. a Vanguard SIPP) then this remuneration package is an allowable expense for corporation tax purposes. In addition, according to BIM47105, this remuneration would need to be at a reasonable level of the reward for the value of the work undertaken by that individual. Can you please confirm that the above is correct and if not please clarify the correction. Thank you.
Posted Wed, 17 Jan 2024 09:23:20 GMT by HMRC Admin 25
The information that you have provided agrees with HMRC guidance here:
BIM46035 and BIM47105. 
Thank you. 

Posted Mon, 12 Feb 2024 22:59:03 GMT by Angela Williams
Tooby states that the "scheme was set up by me (as the director) as a private pension". One thing HMRC Admin team haven't raised is whether the pension is correctly being paid as a company contribution to the scheme. To get the tax relief correct in both the company and for the individual, the company has to make gross EMPLOYER contributions to the scheme. If Tooby or silvnic are making payments from their company into their personal schemes which have not been correctly identified as employer gross contributions, the contribution will be treated as a net personal contribution and tax relief will be added by the pension scheme. This will mean that that tax relief is being given twice, once to company and again to director. Employee/director net pension contributions should be deducted from net pay of the director rather than as an expense payment of the company. I see lots of errors of this type.

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