Limits to your tax-free contributions

You usually pay tax on private pension savings above:

  • 100% of your annual earnings – this is the limit on tax relief you get
  • £40,000 a year – this is the annual allowance
  • £1.25 million in your lifetime – this is the lifetime allowance

You may also have to pay tax if your pension provider doesn’t invest your pension savings according to rules set by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).