Top 4 reasons to make AVCs

What are Additional Voluntary Contributions?

Additional Voluntary Contributions or AVC's are extra savings that you can make towards your pension

Top 4 reasons to make AVCs

1) Enhance your retirement benefits

  • Increase your expected tax-free lump sum at retirement. This is potentially 25% of your retirement fund, if you are a member of DC company pension scheme or 1.5 times your salary. Please refer to your AVC Member Guide for full details on your tax-free lump sum entitlement.
  • Boost your retirement income
  • You may wish to protect your dependants in the event of your death after retirement. Adding dependants’ pensions has a cost attached – your AVC pot can help with this cost.

2) Tax Savings

  • Any growth on your AVC investment fund is tax free.
  • You also qualify for tax relief on your pension contributions. If you are on the marginal tax rate of 40%, this could work out as a potential saving of €40 for every €100 you contribute.*

3) Choice

You choose how much to pay and you can change your contribution rate whenever you want to.*

4) Freedom

You decide how you want to invest your AVCs i.e. your investment funds.

*The tax relief limits are very generous and are based on your income, age and a maximum earnings limit.

Source: Irish Life 2015