The British taxman has had a busy few days running a rule over offshore pensions for expats.
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HM Revenue & Customs has removed 28 pensions from the Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Scheme since the last list was published on October 15.
The delistings were balanced by 14 new offshore pensions and three schemes that amended rules.
Most of the activity was in Australia, the country with the most QROPS., where 13 new pensions opened, two saw their contracts amended, and 20 were delisted.
After the QROPS overhaul, 2,365 QROPS are listed worldwide – a drop of 15 on the year’s peak of 2,380 QROPS listed in October.
HMRC QROPS List – Top 10 countries
Countries by number of QROPS listed offering the most QROPS
|Isle of Man||364|
HMRC QROPS List – By country
|Isle of Man||364|
HMRC QROPS List – Changes
QROPS pensions added, amended, or removed in the latest list
|7 Diamond Superannuation Fund||Australia||x|
|ADP ROPS Fund||Australia||x|
|Anlezark Family SMSF||Australia||x|
|Cassells Super Fund||Australia||x|
|Dumyat Superannuation Fund||Australia||x|
|Forza Superannuation Fund||Australia||x|
|Hughes ROPS Fund||Australia||x|
|Hunt ROPS Fund||Australia||x|
|Jameson ROPS Fund||Australia||x|
|Meese ROPS Fund||Australia||x|
|The Trustee for the Cowan Super Retirement Fund||Australia||x|
|Archer Family SMSF||Australia||x|
|SGT-2 Super Fund||Australia||x|
|CatrionaPallett Superannuation Fund||Australia||x|
|Gilmour Family Superannuation Fund||Australia||x|
|HWH 4 JVN||Australia||x|
|J & N Bradshaw Superannuation Fund||Australia||x|
|Jenkins McGrath Super Fund||Australia||x|
|JM Pflaum Super Fund||Australia||x|
|Juckes Superannuation Fund||Australia||x|
|L Bispham Superannuation Fund||Australia||x|
|McCarroll Super Fund||Australia||x|
|P & J Sweeney Super Fund||Australia||x|
|Peter J Douglas Super Fund||Australia||x|
|Ras Retirement Fund||Australia||x|
|S & J Thomas Superannuation Fund||Australia||x|
|Skeoch Over 55’s Superannuation Fund||Australia||x|
|Smith Retirement SMSF||Australia||x|
|Synga Super Fund||Australia||x|
|Telrass Super Fund||Australia||x|
|Wildman Family Super Fund||Australia||x|
|Mandatum Life Pension Scheme||Finland||x|
|Europa Lite Pensions Trust||Gibraltar||x|
|Albion Green Retirement Pension||Hong Kong||x|
|Blackthorn Pension Scheme||Isle of Man||x|
|Bolt Family 2 Personal Pension Scheme||Isle of Man||x|
|David Haddow Personal Pension Scheme||Isle of Man||x|
|Mayoco Personal Pension Scheme||Isle of Man||x|
|Libert Life Boresha Maisha Individual Provident||Kenya||x|
|ITC Personal Retirement Scheme||Malta||x|
|Lightfoot Ltd Superannuation Scheme||New Zealand||x|
|QROPS listed October 15, 2021:||2378|
|Net change since October 15, 2021:||-14|
|QROPS listed November 01, 2021:||2364|
|Countries with QROPS listed October 15, 2021:||28|
|Net change since October 15, 2021:||0|
|Countries with QROPS listed November 01, 2021:||28|
|The next QROPS list is due on November 15, 2021|
QROPS List FAQ
The QROPS List is an invaluable free tool for advisers and retirement savers seeking an expat pension.
Using the data is often misunderstood, so here are the answers to some of the most asked questions about QROPS expat pensions.
What is the QROPS List?
The HMRC list tells overseas pension providers and retirement savers transferring funds from a UK pension to a QROPS or between offshore pension providers which schemes qualify for QROPS status.
QROPS providers certify their schemes meet UK offshore pension and tax rules to go on the list, but HMRC warns this does not mean any are approved or sure to be QROPS. So retirement savers should check the latest QROPS list before transferring any money.
QROPS Overseas Transfer Charge
The overseas transfer charge is 25% of the transfer value of a fund moved into a QROPS or between QROPS.
For expats living inside the European Economic Area (EEA), countries offering QROPS that are not subject to the overseas transfer charge are:
- The Netherlands
QROPS countries outside the EEA
Outside the EEA, expats are subject to the transfer charge if they do not live in the same country as the pension is administered – these are:
- Hong Kong (China)
- Isle of Man
- New Zealand
- South Africa
Other exceptions to the transfer charge may apply if an employer or multinational non-government organisation runs the scheme, such as the EU QROPS.
A five-year residence rule may also apply.
Why does HMRC remove pensions from the QROPS List?
HMRC delists QROPS for several reasons, including:
- The provider shuts shop
- The last pension member has left the scheme, either by transferring out, dying or exhausting the fund
- Tax avoidance issues
- The scheme stays a QROPS, but the provider invokes confidentiality, excluding the pension from the list
Delisting should not suggest wrongdoing by a retirement saver or provider.
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