FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

About Pensions

Q: What is QROPS?

A: A Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Scheme, or QROPS, meets the specified requirements set by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC). A QROPS can potentially receive transfers of UK Pension Benefits without incurring an unauthorised payment and scheme sanction charge.

Q: Why QROPS?

A: There are numerous beneficial reasons for transferring a UK pension into a QROPS.
The most important are:

  • 100% Death Benefit
  • Greater Income Drawdown
  • No liability to UK tax on pension income
  • Jurisdiction choice
  • Investment freedom
  • Transparency

Q: How do I know if I qualify?

You may qualify for a QROPS if you conform to one or more of the following conditions:

  • A: If you are a UK/EU expatriate citizen between 18 and 75 years of age, you may apply for a QROPS pension transfer of an existing or ‘frozen’ UK/EU pension
  • If you are a UK/EU non-expatriate citizen, provided that you will become an expatriate within the next 12 months
  • If you have officially worked in the UK or any EU member country for any length of time
  • Citizens of the United States of America may find it difficult to apply for a QROPS Pension Transfer, as most of the schemes are not available to US nationals although most other nationalities may apply for a QROPS Pension Transfer

Q: What happens if I were to move back to the UK?

A: If you return within 5 tax years, you will need to report your QROPS to your governing tax authority, and although it can remain offshore, it will fall under domestic rules and regulations.

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