Pension tax relief

Q: Can you give me your opinion on the non-disclosure in my tax return of a self-invested pension plan (SIPP) payment to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC)? Every March I make substantial payments into my SIPP and in past years, these have been declared in my tax return. This year, with the new rules, which involve accruals and multipliers, I 'guesstimated' that a £5,000 SIPP contribution may still attract higher-rate tax relief, so I made that investment. I am aware that, in the fullness of time, HMRC may not allow any or all of it and I may have to repay some tax relief. My accountant omitted the payment from my tax return, insisting that if he did include it, HMRC would automatically give me higher-rate tax relief on it and I may not be entitled to it. I feel vulnerable not disclosing the £5,000 contribution. What do you think?

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