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Zurich Pensions Plans in Ireland

Zurich pensions are some of Ireland’s best-performing pensions. With our pension advice service, you can relax and enjoy your Zurich retirement plan and worry less about money.

About Zurich Pensions in Ireland

When it comes to pensions, Zurich Life has had one of the best-managed fund returns in Ireland over the last twenty years.* Zurich Life’s pension plans remain a great choice for your retirement savings.

You can have peace of mind knowing that your pension is being looked after by the Zurich Insurance Group. Zurich Life is owned by Zurich Insurance Company Limited, which has an internationally recognised financial strength rating of AA/stable.†

* 7.0% Annualised returns over 20 years as of 30th November 2021; independent survey, source: Rubicon Investment Consulting Limited.

† Source: Standard & Poor’s, March 2021.

Zurich pension benefits

Benefits of Zurich Pensions in Ireland

  • Feel secure knowing your investment is with a strong AA-rated business.
  • Get tax relief on your pension contributions.
  • A monthly contribution of €200 will only cost €160 after 20% tax relief.
  • A monthly contribution of €200 will only cost €120 after 40% tax relief.
  • Wide range of investment options.
  • There’s an option for every appetite for risk.
  • Increase or decrease your contributions at any stage.
  • Payment breaks if you need to stop contributions.
  • Make once-off annual contributions.
  • Set up Personal Pensions, Personal Retirement Savings Accounts (PRSA), or Personal Retirement Bonds (PRB).
  • Enjoy your retirement benefits through a Zurich Approved Retirement Fund Plan.

How do Zurich Pensions Plan work in Ireland?

Contact us to start planning

Our qualified financial advisors will talk to you about your current financial situation, your future financial plans and what income you’ll need in the Zurich retirement plan.

We’ll assess your attitude to risk, help you choose funds, and recommend the Zurich pension plan that will suit your life circumstances.

Setting Up Your Pension

Once we’ve answered all your questions and you’ve made your choice of pension, we’ll do all the paperwork to get your Zurich pension plan opened.

All you’ll have to do is provide your information, and digitally sign the application forms. Greenway works fully online saving you time and complications in getting your Zurich pension set up and started.

Your Pension Is Running

Zurich pensions in Ireland can be viewed through a secure online portal. Here, you can make changes to your Zurich pension and monitor the growth of your fund.

If you need any help, or advice on making changes we’re here to answer your questions and provide advice about Zurich’s retirement plan in Ireland.

We’ll contact you once a year to see how you are and if you have any questions.

What is a pension?

pension is an investment fund in which a pension member makes contributions during their lifetime. The goal is to save money in the long run and then use that money as income after retirement.

How do pensions grow?
Your pension contributions are invested in a wide range of funds. As the fund performance goes up and down, monitored by the fund managers, your pension value changes.

This gives your fund a great chance to beat the low rates of deposit interest, and reduce the effect of inflation on your pension.

You have full control of the level of risk of your fund. Normally the higher the risk level of the fund the higher the growth. However higher levels of risk mean you'll have greater volatility meaning your investment may lose money as well.

Growing your Pension - Income Tax Relief

When you’re saving and building your pension fund through monthly contributions or annual contributions you save on income tax. This makes a pension the best value long-term savings product.

Example 1:

  • 35 years old earning €35,000 per year.
  • Contributing €200 gross every month into a pension.
  • After tax reliefs this only costs €161 per month.
  • Saving €40 on every contribution (20% saving).

Example 2:

  • 45 years old earning €50,000 per year.
  • Contributing €200 gross every month into a pension.
  • After tax reliefs this only costs €118 per month.
  • Saving €78 on every contribution (39% saving).

Example 3:

  • 55 years old earning €50,000 per year.
  • Contributing €300 gross every month into a pension.
  • After tax reliefs this only costs €180 per month.
  • Saving €120 on every contribution (40% saving).


Growing your Pension - Tax Free Growth

Your fund grows tax-free until you take your pension benefits. This is the only kind of investment account that can do this.

On Retirement - Tax Free Lump Sum

When you retire, you can take a tax-free lump sum of up to 25% of your fund.

You then decide to invest the remaining funds in an Approved Retirement Fund (ARF) or an Annuity.

On retirement - ARF or Annuity?

When you retire you need to decide what to do with your pension fund.

You can take the money from the fund, but you will have to pay income tax on anything above the 25% tax-free lump sum amount. This will remove all the good you did in building your fund in the first place!

Luckily there are 2 other options available to you.

Option 1: Approved Retirement Fund (ARF)
An ARF is a post-retirement investment fund. The goal of the fund is to continue to grow the money you invest in the ARF. Like pensions, there is no tax on the growth of the fund.

You can access your funds in a flexible manner and many people with ARFs withdraw the growth gained in the calendar year leaving the balance to grow again the next year.

You do pay income tax, USC and PRSI (if applicable) on any withdrawals from your ARF.

Option 2: Annuity.
An Annuity is a regular income for the rest of your life. It provides a guaranteed income for your retirement. It is a lifetime income attached to one person. Annuities can be a good option for those who want a guaranteed income, but be careful when exploring how these are inherited by spouses.

Personal Pension Plans

Personal Pension

Zurich provides a number of great personal pension options. If you want to find out more about Zurich’s flexible pension products, contact us today. You can opt for a Personal Pension Plan, a PRSA (Personal Retirement Savings Account), and more. A personal pension is a great option that gives you control, flexibility and choice in how to grow your pension and protect your retirement.

Company Pension Plans

Company Pension

If you are running a business and need help on setting up company pension plans we’re here to help. Pensions are tax efficient ways of helping ensure your employees are financially secure in retirement. Our team will guide you and your employees through the process of setting up their pensions and guide your payroll department in how to process payments.

About Greenway Pensions

At Greenway, we bring together our knowledge, experience and efficiency to our customers. We’ll help you find the right path or products, and even better, you’ll know why, and how to use it.

Our financial advice is tailored to each individual needs and situation. Our goal is to help our customers reach financial independence and better their lifestyles.

Most importantly, your policy or plan should fit your life, and your financial advisor should fit into your lifestyle.

We build long term relationships with our customers. As your life circumstances change we will be there to advise you about changing and adjusting your policies.

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  • Warning: Past performance is not a reliable guide to future performance.
  • Warning: This product may be affected by changes in currency exchange rates.
  • Warning: The value of your investment may go down as well as up.
  • Warning: If you invest in this product you may lose some or all of the money you invest.
  • Warning: If you invest in this product you will not have access to your money until you retire.

Greenway Financial Advisors Limited is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland. Registered No. C168372