Overseas – continuing to pay pension contributions after leaving the UK

This case study looks at continuing to pay pension contributions to a registered pension scheme after leaving the UK

When someone moves overseas, they can still pay tax relievable contributions of up to £3,600 a year (gross) for up to 5 tax years after the tax year they left the UK. The contributions must be to a plan they were a member of before they left the UK.

In this case study we look at how this works in practice.

Case study

Christine earns £3,500 a month payable on the first of every month and pays a gross pension contribution of £400 a month to a personal pension plan.

On 2 August 2021 she leaves the UK to live and work in France. Her UK earnings for 2021/22 are therefore £14,000 (6 months at £3,500 a month) and she can continue to pay £400 a month until the end of the tax year and receive tax relief.   

For the next 5 tax years, that is from 6 April 2022 to 5 April 2027, the maximum gross tax-relievable contribution she’ll be able to make is £300 a month (£3,600 a year).  From 6 April 2027 she will receive no tax relief on any contributions she makes to a UK registered pension scheme.

If she had left on 2 May 2021, she would only have earnings of £3,500 in 2021/22 and so could only continue to pay £400 p.m. for a total of 9 months in 2021/22 as £3,600 would be the maximum amount of contributions she could pay with tax relief.  


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