What are the benefits of a QROPS?


  • Remove the requirement to buy an annuity.
  • Easily pass on wealth.
  • Avoid inheritance taxes of up to 45%
  • A tax-free lump sum of up to 25%
  • Increased income drawdown and greater flexibility.
  • Greater investment freedom.
  • Tax efficiency.
  • Avoid currency exchange rate fluctuations.

What are the benefits of transferring a pension?

It’s possible that your current pension has valuable benefits that you’d lose if you were to transfer out of it. For example, additional death benefits, a higher tax-free lump sum or a guaranteed annuity rate option.

Are QROPS subject to lifetime allowance?

As a QROPS transfer is a benefit crystallisation event, the administrator must carry out a lifetime allowance (LTA) test and pay any LTA tax charge that might be due. In addition to any LTA tax charge, the administrator must also assess, and deal with, any liability for the overseas transfer charge.

How are QROPS taxed in the UK?

Tax benefits of a QROPS Income from UK pension arrangements is subject to income tax. It is collected as a withholding tax at 20%, and this tax is applied to everyone in receipt of UK pension income whether or not they live in the UK and with no exemption for foreign nationals.

Is a QROPS a registered pension scheme?

What is a QROPS? QROPS is a label for foreign pension schemes that meet HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) rules to receive transfers from UK-registered pension funds. Introduced in 2006, this enables British expatriates to simplify their affairs by taking their pensions with them.

Is CETV the same as fund value?

What’s the difference between pension fund value and transfer value? Pension fund value is the current value of a defined contribution pension pot. Transfer value (CETV) is the amount your provider will offer you for transferring out of your defined benefit scheme.

Can I transfer my QROPS back to UK?

A Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Schemes, or ‘QROPS’, can in fact be transferred back to the UK. The central thing to be aware of here is the tax liability that comes with staying in the UK, if you are to start to drawdown money from an offshore based QROPS.

Why are final salary pension transfer values so high?

The reason that interest rates are cited as being responsible for the rise in transfer values is that they have impacted Gilt Yield, in turn, increasing investment costs and reducing returns for most Defined Benefit Schemes.

What is a QROPS pension?

A Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Scheme (QROPS) is a pension scheme which can receive a transfer of UK pension benefits free of tax. The ITC SSAS, ITC PRSA and ITC Buy Out Bond are all registered on the QROPS list operated by HM Revenue & Customs (UK Revenue)

What are the benefits of Qrops in Ireland?

QROPS is an excellent opportunity to bring those benefits to Ireland. QROPS allows for a consolidation in Ireland without incurring tax. QROPS permits members to take control of pensions accumulated in the UK with a UK pension transfer and, in conjunction with their financial advisor, make those pensions work for them (again).

What happens to my QROPS when I return to the UK?

If you return to the UK, the QROPS will become subject to UK pension regulations. However, for investors who have been non-resident in the UK for at least five tax years, the QROPS becomes subject to the laws of the overseas jurisdiction in which it is based.

Do I need to buy an annuity with a QROPS?

With a QROPS there is no need to buy an annuity at any time. There are a number of criteria which you must satisfy to be eligible for a QROPS, including: UK pension funds often have a bias towards investment in UK assets. QROPS provide the scope for diversifying, as well as the option for more personalised investment management.