Proposed changes announced in 2018 to Principle Private Residence & Letting Relief

These changes to capital gains tax (CGT) are due to come into effect from 6 April 2020, but there will be a consultation on the details first.

From April 2020:

* Lettings relief will only be available to those who are in shared occupancy with a tenant.

* The final period exemption allowing Principle Private Residency exemption for the last 18 months of ownership as long as the property qualified for PRR at some point, will be reduced to 9 months.

* The final period exemption will remain 36 months for those who move into care and for disabled persons.

Changes with regard to rollover and accessing benefits from a QROPS

Following the transfer of UK sourced pension money to an Australian QROPS, it is then within the Australian superannuation system and will be covered by the Australian rules. However, upon withdrawal or rollover to another superannuation fund, UK tax charges may still apply to the money.

There are two different tests for this. Which one should be used depends on when the transfer of the UK pension money to the QROPS took place.

If it was before 6 April 2017 then UK tax rules will still apply if the member:-

Ø at the time of the rollover or withdrawal is tax resident in the UK or had been earlier in that UK tax year or in any of the 5 preceding UK tax years

If it was on or after 6 April 2017 then UK tax rules will still apply if the member:-

a. at the time of the rollover or withdrawal is tax resident in the UK or had been earlier in that UK tax year or in any of the 10 preceding UK tax years, or

b. a period of 5 years has not passed since the transfer of UK pension money to the QROPS took place.

If UK tax rules do not apply under the above tests, then a rollover of UK sourced pension money to a non-QROPS or a withdrawal by the member can be done without incurring UK tax.

Are you considering accessing your UK Pension Benefits?

With the introduction of Flexi Access you have the flexibility to access your benefits up to 100% of the value of your funds, I would suggest you discuss this in further detail with a suitable qualified professional on your ability to access your pension benefits when considering your options.

You need to be aware of changes that were introduced in April 2017 I f you are considering withdrawing 100% of your UK Pension Benefits as a lump sum payment (should your UK Pension Provider allow this option) as any lump sum paid in excess of the 25% tax free amount will be taxed in the UK by your pension provider.

You may be eligible to claim a part refund of the tax due to your entitlement to UK Personal Allowances from HMRC. Any tax paid on amounts over and above the personal allowance will be available to claim a foreign tax offset in Australia.

However, if you have other UK sourced income in the year of withdrawal that will utilise your personal allowances, they will not be available to reduce the UK tax due in relation to the lump sum payment. Should any of the lump sum payments fall into a higher rate tax band, due to the basic rate band being utilised by other income, additional tax may be payable to HMRC.

Taxation of a UK Lump Sum Payment

You would need to report on your Australian tax return the amount of the lump sum that relates to your applicable fund earnings. In general terms, the applicable fund earnings are the earnings on your foreign super interest which have accrued while an Australian tax resident.

You are only assessed on the income that you have earned on your benefits in the UK Pension Scheme during your Australian residency period. Earnings made during periods of non-residency, and contributions and transfers into the UK Pension Scheme, do not form part of the taxable amount when the lump sum benefit is paid.

Therefore, the ‘applicable fund earnings’ amount in respect of the lump sum received from each of the UK Pension Scheme would be calculated by deducting the Australian dollar equivalent of the amount just before the residency date from the amount on the day of receipt. Both amounts should be translated using the exchange rate applicable on the day of receipt.

We at GM Tax can provide you with a comprehensive guide to your UK & Australian tax position when considering accessing your UK pension benefits, please call one of our offices or sent an online enquiry via our website.

Retired In Australia and receiving a UK pension?

Retired In Australia and receiving a UK pension?

Learn more as to how MoneyCorp can help you make the most of your pension benefits in Australia.

As many retirees living overseas we know that the fixed income of a pension can sometimes mean that budgets are tight and you are often caught by FOREX fluctuations – but if you’re receiving a pension from the UK, there are ways that you can make the most of your hard-earned money. Using a foreign exchange specialist rather than your high street bank to convert your pounds into dollars could make a significant difference to the amount of dollars that arrive in your account.

Please refer to the link below to see how MoneyCorp can assist you.


Save time and automate your regular international payments

There are many reasons why ex-pats need to send money abroad on a regular basis, from property maintenance or child support, to less frequent costs like tuition fees. Automatic payments via a Regular Payment Plan mean that all your bills get paid on time, and you can save yourself the time it takes to organise them each month.

Most of us are used to automatic payments – from electricity and phone bills to subscription and membership services – very few people sit down to settle their bills on a monthly basis. Many people are not aware that you can use the same facility for Ainternational payments, and this can be a convenient alternative to checking rates and transferring money each time a payment is due. While this can all be done online relatively quickly, you still need to remember to make the payments and ensure that any currency you convert covers the required costs.

If you opt for a Regular Payment Plan (RPP), you can fix the amount of currency received or debited, or both if youchoose to lock-in the exchange rate. You can fix these payments for up to two years. This means that you can becertain that any required payments will be covered, and if you are receiving a pension payment from the UK you can budget ahead with confidence whatever happens to the exchange rate.

You can set these payments up over the phone or organise them wherever you are by accessing your account online and via the moneycorp app. The Regular Payment Plan offers convenience and great value, and provides an easy way to manage your funds across borders with a full clear statement as a record of all your payments.

Article courtesy of Moneycorp.

Moneycorp is a reference to TTT Moneycorp Pty Limited which is registered in Australia (business number 116612858). Its principal place of business is Level 15
Exchange Tower, 2 The Esplanade, Perth WA 6000, Australia. TTT Moneycorp Pty Limited is authorised to deal in foreign exchange contracts and buy/sell quotes
to retail and wholesale clients as an Authorised Representative (reference number 445555) of Rochford Capital Pty Limited (AFSL License No. 361276).