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      QROPS pension advice

      What are the Benefits of a QROPS pension transfer ?

      Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Schemes - QROPS

      In April 2006 it was announced that British ex-patriates would be able to transfer their pensions to a QROPS with the approval of Her Majesty´s Revenue and Custom, giving access to a tax free cash lump sum and offering considerably more flexibility, freedom and control than a UK pension.
      QROPS (Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Schemes) was launched by the British Government as a way to simplify the rules for ex-patriate retirement. This means that Brit who live abroad, can now take their pensions with them.
      This means that anyone who now lives overseas, or is intending to leave the UK long-term, can transfer their existing pension plans into a QROPS. However, depending on personal circumstances and the jurisdiction of the QROPS, a tax-free income or lump sum and withdrawals can be possible within the first 5 years of being a non UK resident. After the 5 years, the pension fund will become subject to the laws of the relevant overseas jurisdiction and the obligation to purchase an annuity by age 75 no longer applies(age 77 following the Emergency Budget).
      Currently, the minimum retirement age of 55 will still normally apply before benefits can be taken. However, the QROPS can offer considerably more flexibility, greater income potential, tax benefits, and investment freedom compared to a UK pension.
      QROPS may be used to receive transfer values from UK registered pension schemes which can include Protected Rights funds. This may also apply to those already receiving benefits from a UK Self-Invested Personal Pension Scheme (SIPP).
      Most of the QROPS schemes are not taxed at source, however the tax applicable to any income will depend upon where you are tax resident at the time.
      You can check out the list of QROPS schemes fully approved by visiting HMRC´s web site.
      QROPS are not suitable for everybody and expert advice / guidance should be sought.
      A State pension cannot be transferred.

      Let´s look at some of the differences between a UK pension and a QROPS:
      UK Pension:- This is limited to a maximum of 25% of the value of your pension fund and for occupational pension schemes the tax free amount is based upon a formula involving salary and service.
      QROPS:- May offer a much higher tax free cash lump sum.
      UK Pension:-All income tax derived from a UK pension is taxed at source.
      QROPS:- Can significantly reduce the amount of income tax, in some cases to zero.
      UK Pension:- Income drawdown (until 75th birthday) available but only in Sterling and normally subject to minimum pension pot of £100,000.
      QROPS:- May allow flexible ‘income drawdown’ known as ‘unsecured pension income’ to continue after age 75, also allows you to alter amounts and currencies.
      UK Pension:- If you die with a UK pension scheme your spouse can get up to 2/3rds of the pension you would have received (dependent upon the scheme). If you both die your pension WILL die with you.
      QROPS:- All of your pension passes to your nominated beneficiaries in full, TAX FREE, and not a windfall for the pension company or the tax man.
      UK Pension:- Any asset left upon death to your beneficiaries (except your spouse) will be subject to UK Inheritance Tax currently at 40%.
      QROPS:- No UK Inheritance Tax charge upon death.
      UK Pension:- Can be limited to the insurance companies choice of funds or an outsourcing of fund managers, you have no control of the pension fund.
      QROPS:- You have greater investment freedom as you have full control of the investment choices as well as the currencies you wish to invest in. You may invest in onshore / offshore funds, fixed deposit rates, total diversification.
      UK Pension:- You are restricted to the amount of income and the currency received.
      QROPS:- You may take an income of your choice, alter your income at any time, take capital amounts at any time and in a currency of your choice (subject to scheme rules).
      UK Pension:- You have none!
      QROPS:- Protection against possible future creditors. (Dependent on jurisdiction of QROPS).
      UK Pension:- You have none!
      QROPS:- Protection against ex-spouses, business partners and creditors.

      The QROPS Specialist
      Last edited by QROPS pension advice; 02-06-2011 at 10:24 AM.

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      Rory Westfold
      This is about as easy to follow as you will find - people should consider QROPS if the UK is now behind you.

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      I agree if you have left the uk for over 5 years do it

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      If you are looking for overseas pension transfer schemes like a QROPS, you are at the right destination. Visit our FAQ section at AES International! You’ll get detailed information about QROPS and the offshore pension market.

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      What Are The Benefits Of QROPS

      QROPS certainly can be very beneficial compared to leaving your pension in the UK but it is very important to seek financial advice from a qualified and regulated QROPS advisor
      Last edited by UK Pension Transfer; 31-03-2016 at 03:38 PM.