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    Specialist Help For USA Residents

    It is estimate that there are over 1.5 million British expats now living in the USA. A very large proportion of this number will never return to the UK. Choosing to live out their twilight years in sunnier climes.



    The USA is certainly a favourite destination for many UK ex-pats, however transferring a pension into QROPS is problematic for stateside residents as well as ex-pats.

    For the first time some QROPS is now available that tackles the necessary legal and administrative issues that have prevented US residents and nationals from picking up the tax and investment benefits or transferring to a QROPS.

    QROPS advisers do confirm that the HM Revenue and Customs listings of QROPS have included several US 401(k) pension schemes more or less from day one of April 2006. In principle QROPS transfers were available to US nationals living abroad along with UK ex-pats moving to the United States.

    It does remain that the HMRC’s counterpart in the USA namely the Inland Revenue Service (IRS) has so far refused to recognise QROPS transfers into a QROPS USA 401(k) pension by UK ex-pats living there. The reason for this they claim is that the QROPS structure is not legal.

    A similar no-go status was imposed on US nationals overseas who transferred from a 401(k) to a QROPS.

    QROPS 401(k) And IRA Transfers

    Both triggered IRS tax penalties on any funds that were transferred.

    This unfortunately is likely to tighten up further from January 2013 when the Foreign Account Tax Compliant Act comes into force. The Act will virtually bar all US residents and US nationals living outside the country from transferring their pensions into a QROPS.

    Although this complicates any QROPS transfers in or out of a 401(k) pension some providers have managed to re-structure the master trust that manages a QROPS into a USA-friendly legal entity.

    This is a legal alternative that opens QROPS USA investments as a two-way street between transferring from a UK pension to a US QROPS and likewise from a US 401(k) to an offshore QROPS.

    The framework is now in place, however QROPS USA is still tied up in red tape and successful transfers do require patience, specialist skills and expertise.

    The possibility of moving QROPS pension transfers for UK ex-pats living in the US does open a new world of investment opportunities that were once unavailable.

QROPS Pensions Specialists – Impartial Advice

As QROPS Specialists, lets try and simplify this very important subject so you can make better and more informed decisions about your long term financial planning.

If you have a UK frozen pension and you are now living overseas, you need to take a look at QROPS. To give it it’s full title, a “Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Scheme”. QROPS transfers have been around since 2006 and were incorporated into UK legislation as a result of EU directives at that time.

The idea behind HMRC QROPS is quite simple if you meet the following criteria:

Intend to live abroad or are already resident abroad and have a UK pension

Transfer that pension to another countries pension scheme providing it is qualified by the UK as being a HMRC approved country

Take advantage of those countries “less restricted” rules to pensions. For example, in the UK, you cannot take out your pension until official UK retirement age yet if you transferred to a NZ pension fund, you can take out your pension as a lump sum BEFORE official retirement age…..that is the beauty of QROPS, it offers more flexibility with regard to your pensions than you would have leaving it in a UK scheme.

As you can appreciate it is not something welcomed by the UK Government. BUT for once, the EU have given you more control over your pension and how you want to manage it in your present lifetime.

NOTE: You do NOT have to live in the country you transfer your pension to!

The country you transfer it you does not have to be the same country you retire to. So, for example, you could retire to Spain but transfer your pension to a New Zealand scheme because they offer the best deal for you, as to what you want from your pension, e.g a lump sum.

That’s where we come in. As qualified advisors, we can look at your present pension, understand your requirements and then recommend a suitably recognised scheme that does what you want it to do whether that be a scheme in NZ, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Isle Of Man, etc.

Each country has their own rules on pension funds so it’s important that the scheme chosen suits your particular requirements..

If You Are Going To Retire Soon, QROPS Could Be The Answer

Basically a Qualifying overseas scheme is like a UK pension on steroids. Anything good that a UK pension scheme can do once you leave the UK, a QROPS can do better. Some Additional Features of Transferring to an overseas scheme are;

  • Bigger pension Fund.
  • No UK tax to pay.
  • A larger tax-free lump sum.
  • No UK death duties to pay.

So, if you have a UK pension and presently live abroad or intend to move abroad, fill out the simple form on the right hand side and we will get back to you a soon as possible to discuss the options available. Thank-You