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UK Government abolishes the Lifetime Allowance

By |February 22nd, 2024|Categories: Pension Transfers, Tax|

Having to factor in the Lifetime Allowance (LTA) and its tax implications was arguably a 'nice problem to have'. Its repeal from 6 April 2024 will be welcome news for some investors – but what does it mean [...]

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39,500 nights of safety for more than 400 pets – why GBPensions supports Pet Refuge

By |February 2nd, 2024|Categories: Pet Rescue|

Since opening its shelter doors in August 2021, Pet Refuge has provided a safe haven for more than 400 pets while their families escape abuse and find a safe home. GBPensions is proud to support the work of [...]

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‘Why is this taking so long?’

By |December 13th, 2023|Categories: COVID-19, Pension Transfers, UK pensions|

GBPensions director Tony Chamberlain reflects on 2023, and the most-asked question about UK to NZ pension transfers. As the year draws to a close, I've had a sobering thought: 2024 will be my 37th year working in the [...]

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What is the Overseas Transfer Charge?

By |November 22nd, 2023|Categories: Pension Transfers, QROPS|

How HMRC's OTC could impact British expats who transferred their UK pension to a New Zealand QROPS after 9 March 2017 If the last few years have taught us anything, it's that life can take some unexpected twists [...]

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Has Money Helper been a ‘money hinderer’ for British pensioners abroad?

By |October 17th, 2023|Categories: Articles, Pension Transfers, Tax|

UK financial consultants contacted The Mail on Sunday expressing their concerns about 'misleading' tax advice from the UK Government, which could result in British expats potentially losing 'a huge chunk of their pension'. According to The Mail on [...]

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Seven things you may not know about the men’s Rugby World Cup

By |October 13th, 2023|Categories: Articles|

As we move into the quarter-finals of RWC 2023, here are a few fascinating facts with which to entertain and educate your rugby-loving (and non-rugby-loving) friends. England's Jonny Wilkinson is the tournament's top points scorer of [...]

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What are digitally encrypted signatures, and how do they impact the pension transfer process?

By |September 19th, 2023|Categories: Pension Transfers|

Cyber-security is a significant concern for all of us. Every day, reputable organisations attempt to take all reasonable steps to protect their confidential data and that of their customers. Encrypted signatures are one simple but powerful tool in [...]

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Helping you reunite with your long-lost UK pension scheme (Pt 2)

By |August 14th, 2023|Categories: QROPS, SERPS, SIPP|

What to do if you contracted out of SERPS In Part 1 of Helping you reunite with your long-lost UK pension scheme, we shared some general advice about how to trace "lost" or "forgotten" workplace and personal pension [...]

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Helping you reunite with your long-lost UK pension scheme (Pt 1)

By |August 7th, 2023|Categories: Articles, Tax, UK pensions|

In 2016, the UK's Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) launched its online Pension Tracing Service "to help people more easily and quickly locate their lost pension savings". At that time, the DWP reported "an estimated £400 million [...]

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Considering UK to New Zealand pension transfers, what’s the significance of the number four?

By |June 20th, 2023|Categories: Articles, Defined Benefits, Pension Transfers, QROPS, SIPP, Tax|

Franklin D Roosevelt declared that everyone in the world should be entitled to four fundamental freedoms: freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. Our solar system has four gas giant or ice [...]

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What is a ‘normal retirement age’, and how could it affect a UK to NZ pension transfer?

By |May 31st, 2023|Categories: Pension Transfers|

When it comes to pension transfers, there's a lot of talk about timing. You'll often hear people speak about the "four-year window", generally considered the optimum time to complete a transfer from the UK to NZ. (In case [...]

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Is there such a thing as a free UK to NZ pension transfer?

By |May 24th, 2023|Categories: Pension Transfers, QROPS, SIPP|

Who first said, 'There's no such thing as a free lunch'? According to the Ruskin Museum in Coniston, Cumbria, John Ruskin was "one of the great visionaries of the 19th Century". Their website explains that he was "a [...]

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