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How do I claim higher-rate tax relief?

Any higher rates of tax relief on your pension contributions can be claimed from HMRC.

If you want to claim higher-rate tax relief, or are a Scottish taxpayer looking to claim further tax relief, you can do so through your self-assessment tax return or by calling or writing to HMRC. If you live in England, Wales or Northern Ireland and you want to claim additional-rate tax relief you can only do this through your self-assessment tax return. Our free Guide to Claiming Higher Rate Tax Relief provides more information and includes a letter template.

As this money is credited back to you personally and not your pension, Hargreaves Lansdown is unable to claim it on your behalf. The amount of additional relief you can claim will depend on how much tax you pay at the higher rates.

If you forgot to claim tax relief for a previous year, you can do so up to four years after the end of the tax year you are claiming for.

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