Wednesday, 22 September 2010

UK Pension, 100% Cash

·        Even if you work overseas

QROPS and QNUPS are relatively new having come from Statutory Instruments (SI) from 2006 and 2010 respectively. The idea I am bringing here is based on a 1988 Act of Parliament. In other words it’s tried and trusted.

  • UK approval by HMRC

  • Benefits can be 100% cash

  • Residency, Domicile and Nationality are not relevant


First of all the Technical point;

An International Pension Scheme has been arranged pursuant to Section 615(6) of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988. This has been accepted by HMRC. The Section applicable is this weblink


For this article I shall be referring to this scheme as ‘Section 615’.

I telephoned a number of UK Financial Advisers, operating in Spain, and asked them if they could advise me about a Section 615. Not one of them could tell me! If as a result of this post, you want to talk to an adviser who does know and has advised others, please email me.

There are a number of categories of people who can benefit from Section 615.

  • Employees of UK companies whose duties are conducted wholly outside UK
  • Employees of multi-national employers where an overseas parent company has a UK presence
  • Employees of UK companies, who are UK resident, but who undertake duties inside and outside the UK

Whilst these categories relate to ‘employees’, there is no reason why a self employed person or a partnership could not establish a company for the purposes of becoming employees and benefitting from these schemes. For advice please email me.

The Benefits

For the employer

  • Contributions are allowable against corporation tax in the UK
  • There is no UK National Insurance to pay on the contribution

For the employee

  • There is no tax liability on the contributions
  • 100% of the fund as cash at retirement age
  • Benefits are tax free in the UK
  • Death benefits can be paid to nominated beneficiaries
  • All of the fund can be paid as cash on leaving the service of the company
  • There is no local tax on these contributions as there is no income
  • Even though employed by a UK company there is no National Insurance cost

A wide range of permitted investments, which include;

  • Insurance policies
  • Cash and money funds
  • Equities
  • Fixed interest securities
  • Property


This is only an outline of Section 615 but each time I think about it, more groups of people seem to be potential beneficiaries of the Scheme. If you think you might benefit, or just want more information, please email me.


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