Advice Articles

Expat financial advice from the experts

Canadian QROPS

No Canadian QROPS – you can still transfer UK Pensions

Did you know that HMRC has cut all Canadian QROPS? In February 2017 Her Majestys Revenue and Customs (HMRC) decided to cut all Canadian QROPS / ROPS (Qualified/ Recognised Overseas Pensions Schemes) from the ROPS list. The reasons being that Canadian retirement plans allow for the holder to use their pension as collateral when buying a […]

QROPS in Ireland

QROPS or ROPS in Ireland – What you should know

For expats concerned about the impact of Brexit on their UK pension pots a QROPS, or ROPS in Ireland, could provide the ideal solution. With the ongoing Brexit and the challenges it presents, Ireland is becoming a place of destination for both Irish expats and expats taking residence in Ireland.  As Brexit does not seem […]

QROPS exit penalties

Want to know more about QROPS exit penalties?

Why do trustees charge QROPS exit penalties? If you hold a UK pension and decide you want to retire abroad, then one option is that of a QROPS. A QROPS (Qualifying Overseas Pension Scheme) is an overseas pension scheme that meets the requirements set by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to transfer and consolidate UK […]

Expat Pension Sharing Order for UK Company Pensions

Expat Pension Sharing Order for UK Company Pensions

Expat Pension Sharing Order for UK Company Pensions Pension sharing order for UK company pensions has become more and more common in recent times. The process itself is not overly complex and there are a number of companies in the UK, who can assist with this. The issue arises when you are no longer a […]

ford uk pension scheme

Do you have a Ford UK Pension?

Do you hold a Ford UK pension? If you are part of the Ford UK Pension scheme then it is likely you have received a newsletter from the Ford UK Pensions trustees informing you of the new choice being offered regarding transferring the benefits. Ford has recently announced that they are going to offer the […]

brooklands sipp

Do you hold a Brooklands SIPP?

Brooklands SIPP First of all, if you are a Brooklands SIPP holder then you will have been well aware of the negative press they have been receiving. Indeed, while the name Brooklands SIPP has become synonymous with misselling of SIPP’s. As a result, the FSCS (Financial Services Compensation Scheme) is paying out to clients who invested in their […]

kodak pension plan

Do you hold a Kodak Pension?

Do you hold a Kodak pension? If you are part of the Kodak pension (Kodak Pension Plan – KPP) then it is likely you have received a newsletter from the Kodak UK Pensions trustees, but also as reported by Josephine Cumbo in the Financial Times plan members face a threat of pension deductions. The message from Kodak […]

French PERP/QROPS

No French PERP/QROPS – You can still transfer

Are you aware that HMRC has cut all French PERP/QROPS? As of December 2016, all French PERP/QROPS were delisted by HMRC.  A PERP (Plan d’Epargne Retraite Populaire) is a long-term savings product that provides an additional regular income from retirement age. A QROPS (Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Scheme) is a non-UK based pension scheme recognised by […]

No American QROPS – You can still transfer UK Pensions

No American QROPS – You can still transfer UK Pensions

Are you aware that HMRC has cut all American QROPS? From the 9th March 2017, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced in his annual budget the introduction of an Overseas Transfer Charge (OTC). The OTC is, in essence, a 25% tax on any pension transfer to a QROPS for those that reside outside of the EEA […]