A good way for limited companies owners/directors to minimise their tax exposure is by setting up an executive pension.
Any pension contributions to an executive pension can be treated as a business expense in order to minimise any corporation tax the company may have to pay.
How much corporation tax can a company save?
Please see the table below which shows the maximum contributions that a company can make.
Contribution age % of Salary max tax-deductible contributions
30 54% per annum
35 65% per annum
40 81% per annum
45 108% per annum
50 163% per annum
So a 50 yr old director on a salary of €60,000 per year the company could contribute €97,800 to the directors pension and avoid corporation tax on this amount.
The employee above can also avail of tax relief available from their own personal contributions to an executive pension. A 50-year-old can contribute up to 30% of their salary to a pension and get tax relief on that amount. So putting €300 a month into a pension would only cost you €180 in your take-home pay. The more you contribute the more tax relief you can avail of.
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