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Maximum pillar 3a amount for 2021

Make the most of your tax advantages! You can deduct payments made into the pillar 3a retirement savings account from your taxable income. This lets you save on taxes now and set money aside for later to enjoy a worry-free retirement.

The following maximum amount applies for 2021:

With a pension fund: CHF 6’883

Without a pension fund (max. 20% of net income): CHF 34’416

The maximum contribution in pillar 3a is directly derived from the BVG maximum. According to BVV 3, with a pension fund connection, 8% of the BVG maximum may be paid into Pillar 3a. Without a pension fund, it’s a maximum of 40%.

Here an explanation, how come the maximum contribution changes every few years:

  • In principle, Federal Council reviews every two years whether pensions need to be adjusted.
  • This review includes the maximum AHV pension, which as of 2021 will be CHF 28’680 per year.
  • Three times this amount corresponds to the BVG maximum – i.e. CHF 86’040 as of 2021.

The pensions are usually reviewed every two years by Federal Council, but can also remain the same over several years, such as 2015 to 2018. Below is an overview of the amounts of previous years:


Year With pension fund Without pension fund
2021 CHF 6’883 CHF 34’416
2020 CHF 6’826 CHF 34’128
2019 CHF 6’826 CHF 34’128
2018 CHF 6’768 CHF 33’840
2017 CHF 6’768 CHF 33’840
2016 CHF 6’768 CHF 33’840
2015 CHF 6’768 CHF 33’840
2014 CHF 6’739 CHF 33’696
2013 CHF 6’739 CHF 33’696
2012 CHF 6’682 CHF 33’408
2011 CHF 6’682 CHF 33’408
2010 CHF 6’566 CHF 32’832