Executive Pensions are an excellent recruitment and retention tool. They can be used to provide pension benefits for key employees giving you valuable staff retention in a tax efficient way.
An Executive Pension is taken out by employers to provide for the retirement of executives and key employees. Within this type of pension plan the rules of how company directors and key employees can be rewarded are different. Below you will find the main benefits for company directors outlined.
As an owner of a company there are very few ways in which you can compensate yourself for your hard work. Yes, you can take a salary which is taxable, a company car which is taxable, a bonus or dividends which are also taxable.
But what if there was a way to extract some of the company wealth, put it in your name, plan for your retirement and do this with no initial tax implications.
There is!! It’s an Executive Pension Plan.
You can look at an Executive Pension Plan as a separate business in which you move some of your company profits into. This new business or Executive Pension Plan is not subject to Capital Gains Tax (CGT) on profit. It is also not subject to corporation tax on profit. Best of all, the accumulated amount when you retire is yours and not the company’s. In addition to this, Executive Pensions for company directors have different funding rules not aligned to the traditional age-related contribution rules. See the example below:
|Self Employed||Company Director|
|45-year-old married male||45-year-old married male|
|€50,000 Salary||€50,000 Salary|
|Retirement Age 65||Retirement Age 65|
|Maximum age related pension contributions 25%||Maximum funding executive pension plan contributions|
|Or €12,500 per year||€47,333 per year|
If both contribute the maximum allowed in the above example for 20 years at an assumed net return of 4% per year their funds would be approximately:
The above example is just one of many ways a company director can extract wealth from the company whilst also planning for their retirement.
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Note: Projected fund values are based on a 1.25% annual management charged and a 100% allocation rate.