A UK Pension Transfer To Australia - The Latest HMRC QROPS List

Posted by Simon Harvey on 29/01/10 13:45

The UK Pension Scheme Services (PSS) have updated the QROPS (Qualifying Recognized Overseas Pension Scheme) list on the HMRC (Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs) website on 15th December 2009. Individuals looking at a UK pension transfer to Australia, would observe that there are over 450 Australian QROPS schemes currently on the list.

For full details of the HMRC update see link: http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/NEWS/INDEX.HTM

If an individual does want to complete a UK pension transfer to Australia, they may be tempted to look at the list and work from there. However, HMRC stress that the QROPS list is not a recommendation or advertisement for any particular scheme, it is merely for information purposes for an individual to check that an Australian QROPS that they have received professional QROPS advice on is indeed approved.

Global QROPS Ltd advise many people migrating to Australia on their pension options. It is not, in all circumstances, best advice to transfer pensions to Australia and people need to be aware of all of the advantages and disadvantage before making a decision.

Many of the Australian QROPS on the HMRC list are either Australian employer’s pension schemes or Self Managed Super Funds (SMSF). These schemes may be available for an employee of a company or to an individual that has set up a SMSF but someone looking down the QROPS list could not simply pick out a scheme and apply to become a member.

For advice on a UK pension transfer to Australia, speak to an adviser at Global QROPS Ltd.