Recent rulings have now given people who have Irish Pension benefits the ability to transfer these pensions to a Maltese Retirement Scheme similar to British expats who transfer their pensions to (Q)ROPS in Malta.
The ruling of the landmark case of Michael O’Sullivan V Canada Life Assurance (Ireland) Limited now essentially means that any personal Irish pension scheme can be transferred overseas irrespective of whether you have employment overseas or not, although it will be on a case by case basis.
How does it work?
A (Q)ROPS is a transfer out of a UK scheme into a recognized scheme. Irish pensions can also be transferred to overseas pensions, but they aren’t known as a (Q)ROPS, although they use the same local pension scheme administrators.
Any member of an Occupational pension scheme or Personal Pension wishing to make an overseas transfer must sign a declaration to the effect that the transfer is for “bona fide reasons and is not primarily for the purpose of circumventing pension tax legislation and Revenue rules”.
This type of transfer may suit those who do not intend to retire in Ireland.
What are the benefits of transferring an Irish pension to Malta?
Malta is a respected, English-speaking financial center with a robust overseas pension scheme legislation. It also brings the security of being a full member of the European Union.
- Access your pension at 50 if you have lived overseas for 5 years already.
- Access to a wide range of investment opportunities.
- Tax Efficient – Malta has around 70 Double Tax Treaties (DTA’s), for residents of countries that have a DTA with Malta.
- 30% tax-free lump sum available – This is higher than the current Irish and UK tax-free lump sum of 25% (Irish pensions capped at a tax-free lump sum of €200K and UK pensions capped at £250K tax-free lump sum).
- No Tax to pay on assets within scheme (with exception of immovable property in Malta).
- Can nominate beneficiaries on your pension.
- No Lifetime Allowance Charge.
- Inheritance benefits - you can pass on your pension pot to your beneficiary upon death Capital Aquisition Tax / Inheritance Tax free.
- You can combine various smaller pensions into one large pot resulting in only one annual management fee as well as the opportunity to benefit from the economies of scale by combining investment.
- Avoid ongoing currency exchange fees in investing in the same currency as the country you reside in or in any currency of your choice.
Transferring an Irish pension to Malta may not suit in every circumstance and not every UK scheme will permit it, so it is important to take advice. OpesFidelio Ireland Ltd are ideally placed to provide you with the advice you need. Laws and Tax rules may change in the future.
Want to find out more?
Transferring an Irish pension to Malta may not suit in every circumstance and it is important to take advice. OpesFidelio Ireland Ltd is ideally placed to provide you with the advice you need. Laws and Tax rules may change in the future.
The Financial Conduct Authority does not regulate Tax Advice, Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Scheme, Estate Planning.
The value of investments and the income derived from them can fall as well as rise. You may not get back what you invest.
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