AVC payment to reduce tax

Discussion in 'Property investment and tenants' rights' started by Eddie Peters, Feb 19, 2017.

  1. Eddie Peters

    Eddie Peters Frequent Poster

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    Just wondering if a lump sum AVC payment can help to reduce a rental income liability. I am working in private sector with a DB pension plan. Honestly, I don't have much confidence in pensions and decided that property investment was a better option. This could be related to a presentation by a pension actuary saying that they didn't expect workers in the 1980s to live so long...
     
  2. aristotle

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    No. Can't be done against rental income unfortunately.
     
  3. Eddie Peters

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    Thanks for the informative reply:)
     
  4. losttheplot

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    Is there some way you can set the rental property up as part of a self directed pension?
     
  5. Gordon Gekko

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    It depends on the question you're asking.

    As others have highlighted, pension contributions are not deductible against rental income.

    However, plenty of people prepare their tax return, see that a rental property is throwing up a tax liability of (say) €4,000, and then just make an AVC of €10,000 to "eliminate" the tax liability.

    The AVC is generating tax relief of €4,000 against salary, but the net effect is the elimination of the rental income related tax liability.
     
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  6. Logo

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    Assuming a rental tax bill of €5K in Oct 2017 and the liable employee pays a once-off lump sum cheque of €10K into an AVC scheme in Oct 2017 - can they claim approx half of this to offset the rental tax bill - or does lump sum payment have to be paid in the previous year. Tks
     
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  7. Gordon Gekko

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    No, that would work. The €10k contribution would generate tax relief of €4k to be credited against the €5k (assuming the employee's salary is high enough).
     
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  8. SBarrett

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    It has to be arms length. You can't sell a property you own to your own pension plan.

    And how would the pension scheme pay for it? ICS have started lending for properties through pensions but the LTV is 50% with a 10% float plus costs.

    As Gordon said, rental income isn't pensionable but people just max out the tax relief from their earned income to reduce their overall tax liability. It will cost your more to put money into a pension than to just pay the tax but you will also have money in a pension plan that can be used in retirement.

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  9. SqueezedMiddle

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    If you were company pension scheme already contributing the max for your age, do you just increase your avcs over the max and then you make the saving at the end of the year on form 11?

    Or is it only workable where you haven't already maxed out tax relief on your pension?
     
  10. SBarrett

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    The example given was assuming you weren't maxing out your pension contributions. If you can't claim tax relief on the AVC's, it won't work.


    Steven
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