You can pay up to £40,000 a year into your pension or 100% of your salary - whichever is lower
If you need to save more into your pension, you can go back and 'top up' over the last three years
If you want to save for your retirement by investing your money in a pension, there are limits on how much you can pay in. The limit for the current year (2014-2015) is £40,000 or 100% of your salary, whichever is lower. There are also limits on how much you can invest over your lifetime. If you don't have any earnings at all, you can still have a pension and pay into it.
Early pension liberation or unlocking - what are the risks?
If you want to cash in your pension early (before you're 55), be aware that you could lose all of it.
Recently I’ve been getting a number of emails from women who want to know if they can cash in their pension to pay bills or to pay off a mortgage. Under the rules, the earliest you access your pension is the age of 55. But the Financial Services Authority, the Pensions Regulator and HM Revenue and Customs are warning about companies that say they can help you access part of your pension before you’re 55. They say some may be scams and others are likely to be illegal.
Tax relief on pension contributions - what is it and how does it work?
If you don’t understand how ‘tax relief’ works on pensions you’re not alone. But it’s worth knowing about
There’s lots of research around which shows that more women than men tend to be put off pensions by the complex rules and jargon. It’s not that pensions are too complicated for us to understand, it’s just that the complexity can be - well - a bit alienating. One of the phrases that’s bandied about but not always understood is ‘tax relief’. Basic rate taxpayers can pay £80 into their pension and get another £20 from the government. Higher rate taxpayers get even more.