Terry Baucher of Baucher Consulting is a well-regarded tax specialist, whom we regularly recommend to clients. In this guest blog, Terry shares some insights, and highlights a few of the important differences between the tax regimes in the UK and NZ.
First, and this is not always as obvious as you might think, New Zealand’s tax system is very different from that of the UK. For starters, there is no tax-free personal allowance, so every dollar of income is taxed.
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Research by retirement consultancy, Mercer, found that the combined DB pension scheme deficit of the UK's 350 largest listed companies was £137 billion in December 2016. That figure was 300% higher than in December 2015.
How and why has this situation occurred?
In this article we take a brief overview of a very complex subject. By explaining some facts we hope to give readers a greater understanding of how all this may affect their UK-NZ pension transfer options.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer used his Spring Budget to announce that, with effect from 9th March 2017, pension transfers by UK residents to QROPS (Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Schemes) not in the European Economic Area will be liable for a 25% tax penalty. Philip Hammond said that this policy was being introduced in the interests of "fairness in the tax system."
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