Directors pensions remain one of the most tax-efficient ways for business owners and directors to accumulate wealth for retirement.
You receive tax relief at your highest marginal rate on all personal contributions and your company contributions do not attract income tax or national insurance, unlike other benefits. Further, the company contributions are treated as a business expense and so offset against profits when calculating the company’s liability to corporation tax.
Put aside the word “pension” for a moment and think of it like this – a pension is a way of extracting business profits tax-efficiently for the benefit of a director or business owner to help fund their retirement. Yes, you can’t spend that money now but it will grow free from most taxation and when you retire it will provide a tax-free lump sum and an income for life thereafter.
Since the new pensions freedoms were introduced in April 2015 you can even access your entire pension fund, although in doing so you may be subject to income tax at your highest rate.