What is a QROPS scheme?
A QROPS means a Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Scheme that run by trustees in a jurisdiction outside of the UK.
If you want to transfer your UK pension to an SMSF, that SMSF must be a QROPS approved by HMRC.
The SMSFs have been approved as QROPS by HMRC can be found in this link: ROPS list .
What is the criteria for an SMSF to be a QROPS?
No SMSF can be a QROPs if the member is less than 55 years old. The reason being is that the UK legislation was amended to require a QROPS to meet the “pension age test” On 6 April 2015.
The “pension age test” requires that money transferred from a UK registered scheme into a QROPS can not be paid before the member turns 55 years old unless the member has retired due to ill-health.
Can I transfer my UK pension to an SMSF registered as a QROPS?
You and your SMSF need to meet the following conditions:
How much can I transfer my UK pension to an SMSF registered as a QROPS?
How can we help transfer your UK pension to an SMSF?
We are QROPS specialists, we can assist you with the followings:
How much does it cost to amend the SMSF trust deed to be QROPS compliant?
The costs are $220. It is an once-off payment that can to be paid by your existing SMSF.
Our QROP deed is specifically designed for meeting all the requirement of HMRC.
How much does it cost to register the SMSF with HMRC as QROPS compliant superannuation fund?
If we apply for the QROPS for your SMSF, our costs are $660. It is an once-off payment that can to be paid by your existing SMSF.
How long does it take to register my SMSF with HMRC?
It takes 4-8 weeks. We will apply for the registration on behalf your SMSF and advise your immediately once the QROPS has been approved. After that, you can organised the transfer of your UK pensions to your SMSF.
What is the reporting obligations for a QROPS complying SMSF?
In addition to all the reporting obligations in Australia, such as lodgement of tax return and audit, you also need to report the following to HMRC:
Within 30 days
Within 90 days
You also need to report to HMRC if there is any other overseas pension transferred to your SMSF within 91 days. Please note we can help you meet all the reporting requirements.
Should you have any questions, please let us know and our QROPS specialist will help you with all your needs.