Pension refunds when leaving the UK

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Large Money Transfers – Pension Refunds When Leaving UK

At Regency FX we help you achieve the most from the currency you are converting, this includes pension tax refund for clients leaving the UK.

As an independent currency specialist, we have lower overheads than the banks enabling us to pass on the savings to you.

We can also discuss and agree on the right time to exchange your money rather than using a bank or online-only system and having to accept the rate they give you on the day.

What you may not know is you may be entitled to a pension tax refund when you take your pension outside the UK.

Below, we go into more detail of how you may, or may not, be entitled to a UK pension refund when leaving the UK.

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Pension refunds when leaving the UK.

In this article I will explain to you details about leaving the UK and if you can get a refund on your pension.

Refunds on your pension

You are not able to get a refund on any money you put towards your pension through a salary sacrifice scheme.

If you leave a workplace pension scheme in the first 2 years of joining, then it could be possible to get a refund.

Additionally, if you were automatically put on a workplace pension then you can get a refund if you get out of it in the first month.

Finally, with a stakeholder or personal pension the only refund you can get has to be within the first 30 days of you joining it.

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Is there tax on pension refunds?

You will get taxed on a pension refund; it will come off your refund. This is so that you do not gain money from the tax relief at the start of the contributions that you made.

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Are state pensions refundable?

No, UK state pension are not refundable. Although, they are not refundable, if you move to a different country, you can claim your UK pension in that country if it meets the right criteria.

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Claiming pension refunds in the UK

The best thing to do is to get in touch with your pension provider before you do anything as they will know if you can get a refund or not and they can guide you on how to do it. Also, before you try and claim you refund it is a good idea to get in contact with an expert in this area as they can assist you with how you should go about things and help you move the money abroad.

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What if you do not meet the requirements for a pension refund in the UK?

If you are not eligible to get a pension refund in the UK, then there are some options for you. You could claim your UK state pension in a country of your choice. You could leave the pension in the UK and get access to the pot and have it sent to you when you are of the retirement age. Lastly, you could transfer a personal pension to a qualifying recognised overseas pension scheme in the country that you wish to move to.

Who are we?

Regency FX are a UK based independent currency broker, specialising in high volume transfers.

We pride ourselves on our premium level of customer service, you will be allocated your own personal account manager whom you will have direct access to.

All funds transferred through Regency FX are made using client segregated accounts in accordance with the FCA (Financial Conduct Authority) guidelines.

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