Many UK pension plans allow the beneficiaries to make a withdrawal of 25% on reaching the retirement age. In the UK that 25% lump sum is not taxed. Unfortunately, this does not apply in Canada.  Most withdrawals from a pension plan are taxable for Canadian residents.

If eligible, the entire proceeds of the UK pension could be transferred to Canada and could be invested for you in a special type of RRSP. The plan can grow, tax free, until you are ready to take out some income. Invested wisely, over time these investments could grow substantially and the increased value could outweigh the loss of the tax that could have been saved on the 25% lump sum. However, as we all know, investments can go down as well as up.

Managing a pension plan from over 3,000 miles away is hard. Give us a call or e-mail and we would be happy to explore if you are eligible to transfer a UK pension and whether or not it makes sense for you.

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Did You Know?

Not every UK pension is eligible for transfer.

There are two major exceptions: The first is the old age or state pension and the second is any unfunded pension plan (often provided by the Public Sector e.g. National Health Service, Teachers, Civil Service, Police, Military).
Did You Know?

You might need advice before you are allowed to transfer a UK Defined Benefit pension plan.

To protect you from fraud the UK’s tax authority – HMRC – will not allow trustees to transfer a DB pension with a value of £30,000 or more without the advice of a consultant regulated by the FCA.
Did You Know?

When your pension plan starts paying out, the amounts received will be taxable in Canada whether you leave the pension in the UK or have it transferred to Canada.

If you transfer your UK pension to Canada, it may qualify to go into a special type of RRSP. There is no tax on the lump sum transfer and you would only pay tax when you take some money out.