It could be claimed that the most important saving an individual should do is to contribute into their pension fund.
Arguably, saving should be the very first thing you do whenever you get paid, before you have the chance to spend that money someplace else. If you’re disciplined about this ‘pay yourself first’ approach to saving, you’ll be amazed at how much you can accumulate over a longer time period.
There are many different kinds of savings plans and products, however, the focus should be directed to the tax benefits of paying pension contributions to save for your retirement.
There is plenty of reason why some people don’t pay into pension schemes, however, in our experiences the main reason clients have the reluctance to contribute to a pension fund is that they will not be able to access that money for decades to come. As we all know, it’s much easier to talk yourself into spending on something you can enjoy today or tomorrow!
The top rate of tax in Ireland is 40%. Because the government allows tax relief on pension contributions, somebody who is on the higher rate of tax, and pays €500 a month into a pension, would save €200 in tax every month. This means that a 40-year-old would save a massive €67,200 in tax between now and the time they reach age 68!
To put this slightly differently, if that 40-year-old doesn’t contribute to a pension, they will pay tens of thousands of euros in unnecessary taxes over the next 28 years. Looking at it that way, the decision really is a no-brainer.
“Surely it is much better to pay some money to yourself each month rather than pay it to the tax man?”
If you pay and file your tax return through the Revenue’s online service, you have until November 17th to make a pension contribution so that you can backdate the income tax relief into the 2020 tax year. There is no option to defer! If you don’t do it by the deadline, the opportunity is lost.
As a Financial Advisor, we can give you more information about the benefits of making pension contributions. But one thing is certain — nobody ever regretted having to pay less tax!
For more information, call us on 025-30588 or book a complimentary chat here.
Adrian Godwin is a Senior Financial Consultant and the co-founder and managing director of Oaktree Financial Services. With a background in accounting and tax advising, Adrian specialises in estate planning and wealth management.Adrian offers clients reassurance through best practice solutions. His unique skill set and qualifications enable clients to develop comprehensive life plans that align with their goals.