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What does 2020 hold for Pensions?

Thinking of transferring your UK pension in 2020? We take a look at a number of changes taking place and things you might need to be aware of in the UK pension world in 2020. Summary Defined Benefit transfers over £30,000 harder to transfer UK Lifetime allowance increased to £1.073m for 2020-2021 year Investment pathways […]

Pension cold-calling ban takes effect

A ban on nuisance calls about pensions has now come into force but people are still being urged to be on their guard. Cold-calling has been used by fraudsters trying to steal life savings or persuade people to invest in high-risk schemes. Some 10.9 million unsolicited pension calls and messages are made a year, according […]

Latest changes to QROPS rules 2017

The latest UK Budget 9th March 2017 included a number of changes to the QROPS rules. These include  the Overseas Transfer Charge from 9th March 2017 exemptions apply. New QROPS Flexi access for Pensions after age 55 inline with UK rules giving more choice on how you take your retirement income. 10 year HMRC reporting […]

FMA warns: beware of misleading advertising promoting UK pension scheme transfers

Media Release MR No. 2014 – 047 18 December 2014 The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) is warning people to be cautious of potentially misleading and deceptive advertising about transferring United Kingdom pension scheme entitlements to New Zealand. The FMA has been monitoring promotional materials and advertisements that encourage people to transfer their UK pension scheme […]

NZ changes to Foreign Superannuation tax rules

The Government has made changes to the tax rules for foreign superannuation. The changes are intended to make the rules simpler and easier to comply with. The changes are contained in the Taxation (Annual Rates, Foreign Superannuation, and Remedial Matters) Act 2014.. The new rules l became effective from 1 April 2014.

Changes to HMRC QROPS rules from April 6 2012

New QROPS rules came into force on the 6th April 2012 . These include Maximum Lump Sum 30%, balance must provide income for life. Earliest Access to Pension age 55. All Pension payments reported to HMRC for 10 years after transferring. If you live in NZ transferring your UK Pension to NZ still has many […]

URGENT Notice: UK Treasury

UK Treasury recommending transfers from public and private sector defined benefits Pension schemes be severely restricted from April 2015 – Consultation This course of action has been forced by underfunding and concern about the future viability of these schemes. Major public sector schemes are NHS, Teachers, University, Armed Forces, Police, Fire Service and all Local […]