The cost of Tax Relief
February 9th, 2018
HMRC has just issued revised – and higher – projections on the cost pension tax reliefs to the Exchequer in 2017/18.
Last October HMRC updated its statistics on tax relief costs for pension arrangements, incorporating provisional figures for 2015/16, the latest reported tax year. At the time it was commented that the data was inevitably dated because of tax return timing and hard to compare with previous years because of the roll out of auto enrolment.
HMRC have now published revised estimates for the 2017/18 cost of pensions tax reliefs as part of its annual updating of the estimated costs of the principal tax reliefs. These are not directly comparable with the historic data figures because in arriving at the cost of income tax relief, HMRC make a deduction equal to the amount of tax received from pensions in payment. Nevertheless, the numbers tell their own story:
|Income Tax Cost||20,700||21,150||23,400||23,650||24,050|
|Employer NIC Cost||13,850||13,700||15,700||16,350||16,900|
As we head towards the Spring Statement, that near £41bn figure may weigh on the Chancellor’s mind.
Source: Technical Connection