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Customer: Hi i would like to go back 3 years and top up unused pension contribution allowances, how do I reflect this in my tax return
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Customer: what would you like to know - can you please be more specifc
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Customer: no.... not really - I am employed, I have rental income from a property, very simple. I am able to do my own Self assessment just need to know about how the pension top up in terms of reflecting it in my tax return
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Hello. I am one of the experts on Just Answer and pleased to be able to help you with your question.

You can go back three years to mop up unused contribution levels. Currently, the limit is 40K and that includes any contributions made by an employer. The limit was 50K between 6 April 11 and 5 April 14. Special rules applied in 15/16 viz:

6 April 2015 to 8 July 2015 (the ‘pre-alignment tax year’) - £80,000

9 July 2015 to 5 April 2016 (the ‘post-alignment tax year’) - £0

I would like to talk to you, but I am responding to your question from a time zone 7 hours ahead of GMT thus making telephonic communication both impractical and expensive.

I do hope that you have found my reply of assistance.

Yie merely put the pension contribution on the SA100. I would be inclined to explain your contributions in box 19 of that form.

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Customer: replied 1 month ago.
I know all of the above, I am looking for practical advice simply, do I need to open up each tax year submission and re-submit? If so, how do I do this, online portal does not allow this to happen
Customer: replied 1 month ago.
or can I just as I just put it in 2017/18 - and as you say explain what I have done in the free text form section at the end? - if that is the case, then it is dead easy, then I am sure the 40% tax rebate will just come out in the wash?

Thank you for your support.

No, you do not need to open up past years' returns. That is why you explain in box 19 of the SA100.

Yes, but don't forget that when making pension contributions these are made net of basic rate tax and the insurance company collects the other 20% from HMRC.

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Thank you! This makes life alot easier, and very simple to doThank youAnuj

Delighted to have been of assistance, Anuj.