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Old Nov 17th 2019, 7:02 am
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Basically, the thing I don't understand about pensions and supers is....EVERYTHING !!.
I just don't get it and I'm not sure how to plan for the future. My wife and I are separating and I need to sort this out.
She's fine as she has a good job and come her retirement will probably be helped by the bank of mum and dad anyway.
She stopped me topping up my pension numerous times over the years as "we'll be ok with 2 wages and my inheritence " being the reason.
How I wished I hadn't listened.

so, I had about 3 small pensions which an advisor combined them into one shortly before we came to Oz 12 yrs ago.
That was the last thing he did before he retired.
I think it's got about GBP85,000 in it last time I looked, no further contributions have been made since it was combined. so, Not much. But I can get this pension aged 60. I'm 52 now.
My National Insurance has 12 yrs missing payments to get the full UK pension, Currently I'll get GBP111.27 wk, or GBP168.60 wk if I pay all 12 yrs at a cost of GBP9283.00.
and I also have a Anz Smart choice super paid by the comany I work for with my own additional contributions of $40 wk. Not sure what's in those.

Question is:
Is it really worth paying the 9 grand off to get full uk state pension? (Edit: I have until April 2023 to pay it off,
after then will I not be able to pay it off ?)
Would I get a Aus pension ? worked here 12 yrs so far.
Does the 12 yrs working in Oz make up for the 12 yrs missing in the uk state pension ?
Do I claim the uk state pension and let the Aus one make up the difference or vice versa ?
Should I use the uk private pension and pay off the state contributions to get full entitlement ?
Should I take the Private uk pension and put it in my uk bank account ?

Please feel free to add more questions I should be asking as I have no idea what I'm doing.

I appreciate any advice given.

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Old Nov 22nd 2019, 1:53 am
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Default Re: Pay off National insurance ??

Apply to HMRC to pay class 2 contributions at £156 pa instead of £780pa or whatever class 3 contributions are.

https://www.gov.uk/government/public...ty-abroad-ni38

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Old Nov 22nd 2019, 9:08 am
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Originally Posted by ianandhelena View Post
Apply to HMRC to pay class 2 contributions at £156 pa instead of £780pa or whatever class 3 contributions are.

https://www.gov.uk/government/public...ty-abroad-ni38
Only if you are employed or self-employed in Oz (yes, I appreciate that he is, but whenever this is mentioned, that bit is not usually highlighted).
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Old Nov 23rd 2019, 5:12 am
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Originally Posted by robowen View Post
Is it really worth paying the 9 grand off to get full uk state pension? (Edit: I have until April 2023 to pay it off,
after then will I not be able to pay it off ?)
I'm wondering this too as I'm missing a similar number of years.

If you qualify for Class 2 it's much less as stated above however, but for 9 grand:

- You'll get an extra 57 pounds per week based on your figures above
- So after 9000/57 = 157 weeks you'll be in profit, basically make it to 70 and you're ahead (ignoring interest, inflation etc)

But...

- If you also qualify for an Aus state pension your UK income will be counted in the means test (Aus state pension is means tested, UK one is not). See below for Aus state pension eligibility.
- UK state pension is not index linked if you live in Australia, it is index linked if you live in the UK

https://www.finder.com.au/australian...y-requirements

BTW, you can bring your english pension over once you turn 55, if you want to, but its a bit complicated and you should get advice, on all of the above.

This is only what I've discovered, please do your own research and consider financial advice.
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Only pay it off if you considering retiring back to the UK. You do qualify for the full Australian State Pension as you have been in the workforce over 10 years here. Anything you pay off to the UK state pension will come off of your Australian Pension. The Australian base pension is at least 160 Dollars per fortnight higher than the UK pension, so in Australian terms you are already topped up.

The Australian means test is where you have to really take notice and start to study. Basically, as a single person, you are able to own your own home and get the full Australian Aged Pension if you have less than 258,000 AUD in assets, this is usually in superannuation. The cut-off figure where you receive no Aus Pension as a sin(gle person as long as you own your own home is AUD 574,000.... these figures increase every 6 months. (by the time you reach the Aus Gov Pension age at 67 that cut off figure will likely be in the mid 600'S AUD) If you do have extra money to pay into pension funds and are not considering retiring in the UK then your best bet is to put the money into an Industry Superfund....hopefully you are already in one.... if not change to one immediately.

It all depends on where you see your future. Do not increase payments to the UK if you are not certain you will retire there. The main reason being the UK pension is frozen at the same level from the day you first take it, second reason is it will just come off dollar for dollar of of your Australian pension which is already paid at a higher rate even after only 10 years in the workforce here..

So where do you see your future retirement, here or the UK?

Bottom line is you can be taking from the Australian Pension system (including your own super) circa 2200 AUD per fortnight as a single homeowner and still get some Australian pension..... the big issue with this is the Pension card, where you receive extra benefits like subsidized public transport, utilities and free medical and cheaper prescriptions etc.

It is complicated, but personally I find the UK system far more complicated than the Australian.


Final caviet, if you are certain you will always have liquid assets as a "Single person" on top of your own house of over 600,000 AUD then it could be an idea to look at paying into the UK system. That would apply to less than 5pct of the Australian workforce currently though..... Or consider upsizing your own Australian home before retirement. Upsizing equates to buying a more expensive property so as to cause your liquid assets (super and other assets like cars, furniture, caravans etc) to full back under the assets test limit. The big benefit with Upsizing is that if you start to eat into your own super and full back under the assets test you can downsize again and with todays rules you can top your super back up with a one off downsizing grant of 300K AUD back into your super. Thus increasing your weekly income again... aim to to do that when your travelling/holidaying days are over


BTW I retired from full time work just two weeks ago, So I'm really getting into the nitty gritty of the Pension stuff and how to maximise my payments from the Aus Government, when I reach the Aus Pension age in 15 months time. So stay tuned.

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Currently, the cut-off point for income for the Aus Government pension for a single homeowner is 2046.80 per fortnight. Not 2200 AUD as stated above. For a couple who own their own home, that figure is 3122 AUD..... That figure goes up upon review every 6 months. So even with the means test in place, the figure you can earn and still get a part pension is quite high. As your Super Balance declines the amount the Government pays you increases. The real trick is to get as close to that asset cut off point as possible for as long as possible. That way you will be living a very comfortable lifestyle.

That 3122 AUD figure equates to 1650 GBP for a couple, per fortnight....not sure how many UK pensioners have that kind of income. That is the figure when a couple loses the Aus Government pension.

IMO the Aus Assets test, is not the big hurdle that a lot of UK migrants seem to think it is, as the income and asset figures are quite high before they lose the right for that very important Pension Card.
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