If you have always dreamed of retiring abroad Enables’ IFA’s of Bishops Stortford would be happy to help you with your financial planning and investments and there are some big decisions on the horizon for expats as the UK pensions rules change next April.
It is important to note that new rules coming into force next April will prevent those with pensions in unfunded public schemes, known as defined benefit (DB) schemes usually held by people who have worked in the military, the police, NHS workers and teachers, from transferring their pension overseas. The upshot of this means that anyone with savings in one of these schemes –– will find themselves at the mercy of exchange rates when it comes to how much they will get from their pension payments.
If you are serious about retirement abroad and hold a DB pension you still have time before April to move it to a Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Scheme (Qrops). Qrops have obvious tax benefits, when you transfer them to a lower tax environment; they ensure your pension is paid in the currency of the country you live in, which removes currency risk. Exchange rate fluctuations are probably the greatest concern for those retiring abroad on a fixed pension amount.
Other types of pension are unaffected; if you want to live abroad so if you are in a defined contribution scheme, personal pension or self-invested personal pension (Sipp) for example, you are free to transfer your pension to a Qrops. Enable’s IFA’s of Bishop’s Stortford can help you look at how to make the most of your money and fulfill your retirement dreams
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