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Old Feb 27th 2020, 11:22 am
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Hi,
has anyone turned 55 and cashed in their UK private pension
just wondered about how much tax you pay
both in the UK and Australia
i have a rough idea but I’m a little bit confused
i have a workmate who transferred over 40,000
straight to their bank account and didn’t mention this to ATO
nothing ever came of it he tells me
i also read that if you don’t live in the UK then the 75% of your
pension that can be taxed is less
not sure what to believe
but will be doing it by the book
any help or info appreciated
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Old Feb 27th 2020, 6:04 pm
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You might benefit from making an appointment with and talking to Pensionwise - it's a free advisory service offered by the UK gov. I did when I turned 55 and all my pension letters started arriving, bombarding me with options.

My life took an unexpected turn - a move from Oz to US - and I ended up doing nothing, but the guy did suggest I could cash mine out over several years to minimise the tax liability. (I have about 150k sterling so when the time comes I will definitely be looking to do this.)
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My view is that there is probably an Applicable Fund Earnings consideration here, with fund growth since the date you became a tax resident of Australia likely to be taxable and required to be included on your tax return.

There will be a Tax Treaty form to be completed, otherwise UK tax is likely to be withheld under PAYE - this tax may be more than the tax that is payable on the AFEs.

Maybe have a conversation with one of the specialist financial advisory firms that work in this sector - I'd have a chat with bdhSterling, but I say this as a Principal at bdh Tax.

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Hi Fitz

Did you ever seek further information on the tax situation for your UK pension?

Im in a similar situation but have a UK based SIPP, I drew £12,000 from the fund last year and was mortified when the fund managers deducted tax at an emergency rate, almost £4000!!! I managed to get it back some nine months later. I mentioned this to ETax when I lodged my return, but they said I wouldn’t need to declare it as it was still in my UK bank account.

I hear that a UK tax specialist in Australia will charge around £3000 to assess the tax implications of drawing future funds, perhaps someone with some knowledge of this could confirm?
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Old Aug 9th 2020, 8:36 am
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Originally Posted by chrisBchicken View Post
Hi Fitz

Did you ever seek further information on the tax situation for your UK pension?

Im in a similar situation but have a UK based SIPP, I drew £12,000 from the fund last year and was mortified when the fund managers deducted tax at an emergency rate, almost £4000!!! I managed to get it back some nine months later. I mentioned this to ETax when I lodged my return, but they said I wouldn’t need to declare it as it was still in my UK bank account.

I hear that a UK tax specialist in Australia will charge around £3000 to assess the tax implications of drawing future funds, perhaps someone with some knowledge of this could confirm?
I hope they have good PII ...

Your liability to tax in Australia is likely to be driven by your residency status, and whether the amount drawn - ie the $12k - is considered to be a lump sum or a recurring sum (= a pension).

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Old Aug 9th 2020, 8:37 am
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Hi Alan

I’m a permanent resident, the £12,000 was a one off withdrawal, although I had already taken my 25% tax free lump sum in 2018.

All I want to do is the right thing, I’ve been advised that I will only pay nominal tax on any growth since I stopped paying into the fund since 2014, but I’m not sure this is reliable advice.

I’ll take you up on that chat, thank you!
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Originally Posted by chrisBchicken View Post
Hi Alan

I’m a permanent resident, the £12,000 was a one off withdrawal, although I had already taken my 25% tax free lump sum in 2018.

All I want to do is the right thing, I’ve been advised that I will only pay nominal tax on any growth since I stopped paying into the fund since 2014, but I’m not sure this is reliable advice.

I’ll take you up on that chat, thank you!
OK - thanks.

Is likely the taxable income in Australia is equal to the Applicable Fund Earnings (AFEs) attributable to the £12k.

Speak soon!

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Is it best to contact you through BDH Tax? If so, which office?
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Originally Posted by chrisBchicken View Post
Is it best to contact you through BDH Tax? If so, which office?
Maybe send a PM to me with your mobile number (click on my name to the left of this post)?

Otherwise you can reach me through any of our office numbers; if you do this say to the receptionist that you were discussing the taxation of a pension lump sum with me on the British Expats forum.

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I've a UK pension from a company that I worked for from 1990 to 2000. I retired in 2014 and it's been paying me $1,000 a month since, no UK tax paid (once I got paperwork sorted) but I declare it in Oz and so far I've not had to pay any tax as my investment income is below the tax threshold.

My Oz super is tax free anyway and so it worked for me leaving it in the UK and it's cost me nothing.
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Originally Posted by Kiwipaul View Post
I've a UK pension from a company that I worked for from 1990 to 2000. I retired in 2014 and it's been paying me $1,000 a month since, no UK tax paid (once I got paperwork sorted) but I declare it in Oz and so far I've not had to pay any tax as my investment income is below the tax threshold.

My Oz super is tax free anyway and so it worked for me leaving it in the UK and it's cost me nothing.
Noted - this highlights the difference between the taxation of a lump sum and the taxation of an income stream.

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Originally Posted by fitz View Post
Hi,
has anyone turned 55 and cashed in their UK private pension
just wondered about how much tax you pay
both in the UK and Australia
i have a rough idea but I’m a little bit confused
i have a workmate who transferred over 40,000
straight to their bank account and didn’t mention this to ATO
nothing ever came of it he tells me
i also read that if you don’t live in the UK then the 75% of your
pension that can be taxed is less
not sure what to believe
but will be doing it by the book
any help or info appreciated
Is the rule of thumb then? Once you turn 55 you can access your UK pensions funds? Is this only for private funds as I contracted out of SERPS way back in the day?

Cheers.
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Is the rule of thumb then? Once you turn 55 you can access your UK pensions funds? Is this only for private funds as I contracted out of SERPS way back in the day?

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Please - take professional advice.

The tax at stake - and that can be saved with good advice - can be significant.

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