You can do this by contacting HMRC and your pension administrators. This is how:
- Log into your personal tax account https://www.gov.uk/personal-tax-account where you can find out if you have or haven’t opted out of SERPS. (To create a personal tax account, you’ll need your National Insurance number, a recent payslip/ P60 or a valid UK passport).
- If you can see that you have opted out of SERPS you will then need to write to HMRC at the following address for the details:
SARS, National Insurance Contributions & Employers Office, HM Revenue and Customers, BX9 1AN.
You should ask for any relevant information they hold in relation to your pension, including policy numbers. Remember to include your address, date of birth and National Insurance number.
- Once HMRC respond you should contact your Pension Scheme Administrator to request full details of your pensions. You can find the details of scheme administrators by visiting https://www.gov.uk/find-pension-contact-details
Remember, we can do all of the above for you free of charge, with no obligation. All you have to do is return your forms to us (if you don’t have them, please sign up here) and we’ll do all the legwork for you.
Once we have located any pension contributions via HMRC on your behalf, we may talk to you about reviewing them. With the information from your pension providers we’ll also be able to tell you how your pension(s) compare against the best in the market. Our advice is also free, with no obligation. We only charge a fee if you choose to switch your pension upon our recommendation - and we only recommend a switch if it’s in your best interests, including our fee.