Maximise Your Tax Savings with Pension Contributions: A Guide for UK High Earners


For high earners and company directors in the UK, efficient tax management is key. This guide explores how smart pension contributions can substantially reduce both corporation and personal tax liabilities.

The Tax Savings Explained

When your company or personal income exceeds certain thresholds, the tax rates increase significantly. By redirecting excess income over £50,000 into a pension, you can save on both corporation tax and personal income or dividend tax.

Corporation Tax Efficiency with Pensions

Profit Bracket (£)

Corporation Tax Rate

£50,000 – £250,000

Approx. 26.5%

Over £250,000


Each pound contributed to a pension plan reduces your company’s taxable profit, leading to direct corporation tax savings.

Personal Tax Efficiency through Pensions

Personal Income Bracket (£)

Tax Rate (Salary / Dividends)

£50,000 – £125,140

40% (Salary) / 33.75% (Dividends)

Over £125,140

45% (Salary) / 39.35% (Dividends)

By making pension contributions and not extracting more through salary or dividends this saves you paying higher rates of tax.

Understanding the Combined Tax Savings

By strategically contributing to a pension scheme instead of taking excess income, the combined savings on corporation tax and personal tax can be substantial. For higher-rate taxpayers, this can translate to savings of up to 60.25%, and for additional-rate taxpayers, the savings can be as high as 65.85%.


Strategic pension contributions offer a dual benefit: securing your financial future while optimising your current tax liabilities.

Interested in harnessing the power of pensions for tax efficiency? Reach out to us for bespoke financial advice and start maximising your tax savings today!

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