Your contributions are automatically deducted from your pay before tax is applied so you pay less income tax.
There is a limit on how much you can contribute to your pension each year and receive tax relief. This is known as the Annual Allowance and is current £40,000 a year (2015/16). More information can be found on our main website.
Once you retire, your pension may be liable for income tax which will be deducted at your normal rate before it is paid to you.
Your total pension savings is subject to a maximum amount known as the Lifetime Allowance. This is currently £1.25 million (2015/16). You can find more information about tax allowances on the UK Government’s website GOV.UK
It’s up to you to make sure you don’t exceed these allowances. All pension savings are included so you will need to refer to any private pensions you have or benefits earned in schemes run by your previous employer.