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Do I need to claim tax relief myself?

Tax relief contributions to your NEST pension pot are made by the government. We collect this tax relief on your behalf every time you or your employer make a contribution to your retirement pot.

Tax relief is currently set to a basic rate of 20 per cent. If you’re a higher earner you’ll need to speak to HMRC directly to claim a higher rate of tax relief.

We’ll apply for the basic rate of tax relief as soon as we receive your contributions from you or your employer. It can take up to three months for the tax relief contributions to show in your NEST retirement pot.

You can see your tax relief contributions by logging in to your secure NEST online account. Click ‘Login’ in the top right corner of this page or on the NEST website home page at www.nestpensions.org.uk. When you’re on your NEST home page click on ‘My retirement pot’ at the top of the page or the ‘Retirement pot’ icon.

Click ‘Transaction history’ to see what types of contributions have been added to your retirement pot.

To search through the contributions click ‘New search’. You can enter any date from the beginning of your enrolment up to today’s date. When you’ve done this click ‘List transactions’.

You’ll be able to see all contributions added to your pot within your search range. You’ll also be able to see any tax relief that has been collected for you. If you click on the small arrow next to each contribution you’ll be able to see the date and amount of the contribution.

For more information about different types of contributions please see What are the different types of contribution I can receive?

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