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What you need to know about buying into the pension fund.

What do I have to bear in mind when buying into comPlan? What are the advantages? How much can I pay in? When is the right time to do it? How do I do it? Here are the most important things to consider for anyone wanting to increase their retirement benefits from comPlan in a tax-efficient way.

short film on the topic of buying (only in German)

You can make purchases into comPlan up to the amount of the maximum benefits permitted by the fund rules. By doing this, you enhance your retirement benefits and reduce your income tax bill at the same time. While the law expressly provides for this attractive option, it does in return, and in order to prevent the non-payment of tax due, require transparent documentation of the pension assets already held.

Why is a declaration of purchase required?

The pension funds are obliged to verify whether the legal and regulatory requirements are met before the initial purchase into the pension fund. You must therefore complete our "Declaration/confirmation of purchase into the pension fund" form once before making your first payment. This transparent documentation of existing pension assets serves as the basis for us to review your purchase options, without which we cannot accept your payment.

Tip 1
Transfer all 2nd pillar pension assets from your former pension plans and vested benefits foundations to comPlan as required by law.
Tip 2
Sign the “declaration/confirmation regarding purchase into the pension fund” form and send it to us.

How much is my purchasing potential?

You can find out the amount of your purchasing potential from the general information in your statement of insurance or see it on comPlan Online. If you have made advance withdrawals for the purpose of facilitating home ownership, the law does not permit you to make further purchases. You have to pay back these advance withdrawals before being able to again make tax-deductible purchases.

Your purchasing potential will be reduced if the amount of your tied Pillar 3a savings exceeds the prescribed maximum for your year of birth. In addition, your annual purchase potential is limited to 20% of the insured annual salary if you have moved to Switzerland from abroad in the past five years and have never previously been insured in a Swiss pension scheme.

Tip 3
You can calculate the amount of your potential buy-in on comPlan Online.

What tax aspects do I have to bear in mind?

Our pension fund rules require that your purchases should have been credited to the comPlan account by 15 December in any financial year so that they can count for the current tax period. Transfers made after this date will be returned to your account. We will automatically send you a tax receipt for your tax return after your purchase. The general rule is that you can deduct such purchases from taxable income, but in the event of any doubt, the tax office's decision is final. If there are any uncertainties, then, we recommend that you discuss your situation directly with your tax authority or with a tax advisor.

Tip 4
You can generally deduct purchases into the pension fund from your taxable income. If in any doubt, check your personal situation with the tax authorities.
Tip 5
If there is potential for additional purchases, you can also make multiple purchase throughout a year and benefit from the interest rate at comPlan. From a tax perspective, it may be advantageous to spread the purchases over several years.
Tip 6
Make sure your purchase reaches the account of comPlan by 15 December at the latest. Transfers made after this date will be returned to your account.

What does the three-year blocking period for purchases mean?

The law stipulates that benefits resulting from a purchase may not be withdrawn in the form of a lump sum within three years. This blocking period is violated if you request a cash payment before the end of this three-year period, for example on retirement or as an early withdrawal for home ownership promotion. Under certain circumstances, the tax authorities may retroactively offset the purchase and revoke the tax benefits.

However, this blocking period is irrelevant if you convert your entire pension capital into a lifelong retirement pension when you retire. In this case, you can make tax-advantaged purchases until shortly before retirement. If you are planning a lump-sum withdrawal, it is advisable to comply with this three-year blocking period. In this case, choose either the "Plus" or "Extra" savings option and make additional tax-advantaged payments into the pension fund.

Tip 7
When making a purchase, make sure you comply with the three-year blocking period.
Tip 8
Alternatively to making a purchase, choose a higher savings option, such as "Plus" or "Extra", if you are planning a lump-sum withdrawal in the next 3 years and still want to make tax-advantaged payments into the pension fund.

Purchase checklist

The most important tips on making a purchase with comPlan.

  • Transfer all 2nd pillar pension assets from your former pension plans and vested benefits foundations to comPlan as required by law.
  • Calculate your personal purchasing potential and receive an offer for your purchase on comPlan Online.
  • Sign the “declaration/confirmation regarding purchase into the pension fund” form and send it to ComPlan.
  • If in any doubt, check the tax consequences of a purchase with the tax authority or an expert.
  • Make sure your purchase reaches the account of comPlan by 15 December at the latest.
  • Transfer purchases in no later than three years before a planned lump-sum withdrawal.