How long does it take to get the tax relief from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC)?

If your employer is using the ‘net pay arrangement’ method where your contributions are taken from your pay before tax, you’ll get your full tax relief straightaway.

If your employer is using the ‘relief at source’ tax arrangement where your contributions are deducted after tax, we’ll automatically claim tax relief for you, adding the basic tax rate of 20% to your pension contributions. We can receive this payment for tax relief from HMRC up to 12 weeks after your contributions are made into your pension pot.

If you’re a higher rate taxpayer, we can’t comment on how long it takes to receive the extra tax relief – you’ll need to contact HMRC.

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