Personal Pension

What is a Personal Pension?

A Personal Pension is a pension that is solely owned by you and held in your name. This type of pension is most suitable for someone who is self-employed or a professional worker, taxed under schedule D Case I or II, or in a job with no pension taxed under Schedule E. While you can contribute to your Personal Pension an employer cannot contribute.

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Tax Relief

Depending on your level of income tax-relief on your contributions will either be at 20% or 40% relief.

Age                            Amount which qualifies for tax relief

Under 30 years       15% of net relevant earnings
30 to 39 years         20%
40 to 49 years         25%
50 to 54 years         30%
55 to 59 years         35%

When you retire

Similar to a PRSA you can take 25% of your Personal Pension fund as a tax free lump sum up to a maximum of €200,000. The remainder of your PRSA fund can then be used to purchase an Annuity or invest in an Approved Retirement Fund.

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