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Old Jan 31st 2017, 9:59 am
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Hi All,

I have just run across a statement for a Standard Life pension from when I used to live and work in the UK. I'm thinking I may like to cash it in as there's only a couple of grand in it and I haven't paid into it for donkey years, and it's not as if I am planning on going back anytime soon.

In recent weeks I've had a few calls from companies offering to cash UK pensions in, however, I'm just wondering how easy it is to do and if I actually need a company to do it for me? If its easy enough I will do it myself and save the cut of the not some much cash that's actually there.

If I get enough for a decent trip this year I would be happy.
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Old Jan 31st 2017, 10:25 am
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Can I add to the above, what are the UK tax implications (if any) of cashing-in a pension if you're non-resident?
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Originally Posted by jam25mack View Post
Hi All,

I have just run across a statement for a Standard Life pension from when I used to live and work in the UK. I'm thinking I may like to cash it in as there's only a couple of grand in it and I haven't paid into it for donkey years, and it's not as if I am planning on going back anytime soon.

In recent weeks I've had a few calls from companies offering to cash UK pensions in, however, I'm just wondering how easy it is to do and if I actually need a company to do it for me? If its easy enough I will do it myself and save the cut of the not some much cash that's actually there.

If I get enough for a decent trip this year I would be happy.
Not unless you are aged over 55 years.

If you are it is possible but how it would work depends on the total value of all UK pension plans.
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Can I add to the above, what are the UK tax implications (if any) of cashing-in a pension if you're non-resident?
Any income arising in the UK is taxable.

There is a thing called Trivial Commutation but that applies only to total funds of GBP 10,000 or less.


Pensions are a delightfully complex issue but I an not going to go into full details on here. Suffice to say that proper advice is required and hearsay is often incorrect.
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Any income arising in the UK is taxable.

There is a thing called Trivial Commutation but that applies only to total funds of GBP 10,000 or less.


Pensions are a delightfully complex issue but I an not going to go into full details on here. Suffice to say that proper advice is required and hearsay is often incorrect.
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Many thanks for your kind and prompt advice.

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Thanks Meow....

Thought it sounded a bit too good to be true.

So whats the deal with these companies offering the service? Solely dealing with folk over 55 or is it something shady?
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A word of caution from HMRC:

"Some companies offer to help you get money out of your pension before you’re 55. This could be an unauthorised payment. If it’s unauthorised, you pay up to 55% tax on it."
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A word of caution from HMRC:

"Some companies offer to help you get money out of your pension before you’re 55. This could be an unauthorised payment. If it’s unauthorised, you pay up to 55% tax on it."

Exactly this!

Run away from anyone who promises you all your pension money as cash without tax to pay. It's not legit.
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Originally Posted by jam25mack View Post
Thanks Meow....

Thought it sounded a bit too good to be true.

So whats the deal with these companies offering the service? Solely dealing with folk over 55 or is it something shady?
Shady would be putting it kindly.
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