Topping Up Your Pension Before The End Of The Tax Year
We all want to ensure that we have a financially stable future. One of the ways to plan for this is to keep on eye on retirement and prepare for those years. By paying into a pension, you can make sure that you can an income, even after you finish working. This can help you enjoy those twilight years of your life, visit different parts of the world, take on new hobbies and spend time with family. Let’s look at how you can organise your finances for the future by topping up your pension before the end of the tax year.
What Is A Pension?
Firstly we should look at what exactly a pension is. A pension scheme is simply a type of savings plan to help you save money for retirement. There are tax advantages compared with other types of savings, which we will come onto later. There are different types of pension available. Most people will be entitled to a state pension, if they have enough eligible years of National Insurance contributions. The full state pension would give you £179.60 a week. There are workplace pensions that your employer pays into when you pay into them. If that is not enough for you to live on, you would need to look into other personal pensions that you can pay into as and when you are able.
How Much Pension Will I Need In Retirement?
We will all need different amounts to live on in retirement. This is because of the lifestyle we are used to and the bills we have to pay. As well as the things we wish to enjoy during our retirement years. You might even want to leave your loved ones a little something when you pass. If there are two of you, both receiving a state pension, you can probably live off that quite well. If you are not entitled to the full state pension, you might need to put away money into a different pension fund so you can afford to give up work at retirement age and enjoy your twilight years. There are online tools available, such as pension calculators that can help you figure out how much you will probably need.
There are different personal pensions available with different providers. When you put your money into these, your funds will be invested and you will also benefit from years of compound interest. This means that the earlier you start saving, the more time your money has to potentially grow. You will find that saving earlier means you need to put away less every month to reach your goals. Rather than starting to save later on in life when you will have less time to pay in before retirement. Different personal pensions will have different risk and fees involved. Some of them are even ethical so you know your money isn’t being investment in things that you perhaps don’t agree with like tobacco or alcohol. Find a personal pension plan that works for you and you can start paying into it straight away.
Benefits Of Pensions
There are some great benefits of pensions. It starts with a tax benefit. Every year you have an allowance for topping up your pension, which will be tax free. This means that you don’t get taxed on the money you put into your pension. On top of that, there are the extra benefits of your employer paying into your workplace pension when you do and years of compound interest building up fund up. As with all investments though, there are risks that you will get out less than you put in. Remember this when you are setting up your pension fund.
Topping Up Your Pension
You need to know when the tax year runs from and to. This means you know the dates for topping up your pension. Once you enter a new tax year, you will lose the allowance from the previous tax year. Unless you have used it. This is why during the month of March, there are usually lots of messages about topping up your pension otherwise you will lose it when the new tax year begins in April.
When topping up your pension, you need to remember that you won’t be able to access this until you retire. This means that you need to weigh up and find a good balance between savings that you can easily access and planning for your future. Paying into your pension fund is great with one eye on the future, but what about if you need money in the here and now? Find the perfect balance.
Make The Most Of Your Allowance
Your allowance is important. This is how much you can put away into a pension fund and get tax relief on. If you use all of your allowance for the current year, you might be able to pay in more if you didn’t use your allowance in any of the previous three years. This allows you to save more and benefit from the tax relief. When the end of the tax year is a few weeks away, decide if you can afford to put any money into topping up your pension. That way you aren’t eating into the next year’s allowance if you decide to put some money away in a couple of weeks.
Pensions are a fantastic way of planning for your future. Topping up your pension before the end of the tax year is a wise decision. Make sure you figure out an amount you want to aim towards as your retirement fund. That way you can use online tools such as pension calculators to help come up with a monthly amount that you need to put away to try and reach that goal. Leave it a couple of years and the amount you need to put away when you are topping up your pension will increase more than you expect. Plan for the future now and you’ll have one that you can enjoy for years to come.