Bringing Your Pension Home

I have a pension abroad which I would like to move home


If you have a pension in the UK your income in retirement will be subject to exchange rate risk which means it’s future value is uncertain. In addition, if you leave your pension in the UK, you may have to pay a fee for advice in order to access it. If you are going to move your pension home, it may be more cost effective to do this sooner rather than later.

If being brought to Ireland a UK pension must be transferred to a Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Scheme (QROPS). This is a pension scheme which, although located in Ireland, has been registered with HMRC in the UK and can accept a pension transfer without triggering a tax charge as long as certain conditions are met.

Why move now?

  • Brexit has left individuals who hold UK pensions with a feeling of uncertainty around whether they will be able to access pension benefits in the future. In general, accessing a pension is usually going to be easier if it his held in the jurisdiction in which you live. We can show you the retirement options you will have in the UK, and how these change if you transfer your pension to Ireland.
  • Treatment on death – it is easier to deal with this when the funds are in an Irish product as opposed to having to deal with administrators in the UK and possibly having to pay for advice from a UK adviser.
  • If you are going to move your pension to Ireland, it may be more cost effective to do it sooner rather than later.
  • Many clients are inclined to act now due to uncertainty around future exchange rates.

It is important that you obtain advice from an adviser with experience of cross border transfers as there is more to consider than is the case with internal transfers. We can obtain details of your pension product and explain the issues to you without using technical jargon.

There is no fee for our service as we are remunerated by way of commission from the product provider.

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Best Pension Advice is a trading name of Highfield Financial Planning, the most client focused financial services company in Ireland. We provide superior advice on Retirement Planning for all types of pension available in the Irish market. As Specialist Investment Advisers we can also help you to manage the investment of your pension to achieve your income objectives in retirement.

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