Reduce your tax bill, don’t miss the Pension deadline, October 31st 2017

Director Pension

October and November are a very important time for business owners. It’s the time of year when tax returns must be filed for the previous year, but it is also when business owners can reduce their corporation tax while adding real value to their retirement fund.

Individuals who both pay and file their tax returns through the Revenue On-line Service (ROS) have until Tuesday 14th November 2017 to pay a pension contribution and elect to backdate the income tax relief against the 2016 tax year. Those who do not qualify for the ROS extension must do this by 31st October 2017.

There is no chance to defer. If they do not take this opportunity, they will not get another chance to reduce their 2016 corporation tax liability.

Checklist for business owners

  • Is your company contributing to your pension plan?
  • Are you reducing your company’s corporation bill to the maximum?
  • Are you aware of the flexible pension options to suit you and your business?
  • Are you on track with your expected retirement income?
  • Are you aware of the variety of retirement options available to you?
  • Did you know that you can take up to a €200,000 tax-free lump sum with an annual income of up to €36,000 tax-free?
  • Are you reviewing your pension with your financial advisor every year?

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Director Pension Funding Example

The below example shows details for a company director who is 45 years of age and intends to retire at 60. His company is profitable and he has the option of increasing his annual gross income by €50,000 or funding his pension by the same amount for the next 15 year until he retires.

Taken as salary Pension with growth
Total Fund €750,000 €959,593
Gross lump sum €0 €239,898.25
Tax due lump sum €0 €7,979.65
Net lump sum €0 €231,918.60
Balance subject to tax €750,000 €719,654
Income tax @ 40% €300,000 €287,877.60
Pay related social insurance @ 4% €30,000 €28,787.76
Universal social charge @ 8% €60,000 €57,575.52
Total tax paid €390,000 €374,240.88
Total received after tax (including net lump sum) €360,000 €577,371

The above example assumes a conservative growth rate of 4.3% per year with an annual management charge of 0.9%.

Warning: The above figures do not constitute financial advice.

Warning: These figures are only estimates and are not a reliable guide to future investment performance.

Warning: If you invest in this product you will not have access to your money until you are 60 years of age or until you retire.

Warning: The value of your investment may go down as well as up.

Warning: If you invest in this product you may lose some or all of you money.

For more information on Director Pensions, call 01867 2121 or contact one of our specialist below.

Paul Clements


I have worked in the financial services industry for the last 12 years, focusing mostly on investments and portfolio management. I’m a graduate of UCD and Dublin Business School.

I now serve on the Board of Directors of Dolmen Insurance Brokers Ltd., where my focus is on the company’s non-general business including life assurance, pensions and investments.

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Declan Wyer

Life and Pensions Consultant

Hi, My name is Declan Wyer and I’m Life and Pensions Manager at Dolmen Insurances. I’m a qualified Financial Advisor and have over 30 years experience in financial services.

I worked for 20 years for AIB where I worked with personal and commercial clients, helping them with their protection needs, rebuilding their pensions and advising them on how to make the best use of the tax law.

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