Transfer UK Pension To NZ

What Is A UK Pension Transfer?

Transferring a UK pension to New Zealand is a complex process. If you’re thinking about a UK pension transfer to NZ, you’ll want to consider several factors before doing so. We’ve outlined some of the basic things we recommend you know about Pension Transfers. 

How does a pension transfer work?

If your UK pension can be transferred, the actual transferring process involves a great deal of paperwork. QROPS NZ assists with all that paperwork:

  • Complete documentation for setting up a new member account with your new QROPS scheme in New Zealand
  • Complete overseas pension transfer forms for your existing UK pension scheme
  • NZ QROPS scheme and financial adviser sign-offs
  • Complete numerous UK HMRC forms depending on the type of pension you are transferring.
  • Ensure you correctly certify documentation for all the schemes in the process
  • Provide all the information you need to complete a tax return in New Zealand for your pension transfer

QROPS NZ processes ensure all the paperwork is correct before being sent to your UK pension scheme. This ensures the transfer is made promptly and without question or unnecessary delays. Once received, your UK Pension scheme will convert your existing investments in the scheme to cash and then transfer the cash to the trustees of your new NZ QROPS member account, enabling them to invest those funds based on your investment instructions.

On some occasions, the transfer of the assets from the UK may be what is known as “in specie”. This is where the Trustee of the UK pension scheme assigns ownership of the assets you have in your UK scheme to the Trustee of the New Zealand QROPS scheme. An example would be when an asset like a commercial property is held in a UK pension, and the person transferring their pension does not want to sell the property but merely transfer the ownership to their New Zealand QROPS scheme.

There are many parties involved in completing a pension transfer, and they must all be coordinated. This is where QROPS NZ processes ensure your pension transfer runs smoothly and with minimum work by you or interruption to your busy life.

Doughnut chart describing the UK Pension Transfer process

What to consider before transferring

Your Current Pension Scheme 

Knowing what type of pension scheme you have in the UK can make a difference to how the value is calculated and what can be transferred. Generally speaking, there are two types of pension schemes; Contributory Schemes and Final Salary Schemes (also known as defined benefit schemes).  Transferring a UK final salary scheme pension is more complex.

If you have one of these pensions: 

Learn more about transferring a final salary scheme

Not all UK pension schemes can be transferred to a New Zealand QROPS, so it pays to know if yours can before you even start (around 40% of all UK pensions currently cannot be transferred to New Zealand).  A quick call to QROPS NZ on 0800 102 599  will help establish whether your UK pension can be transferred.  

Your Current UK Pension Benefits

You may have valuable benefits associated with your UK pension that you may lose when transferring to QROPS.  You need to understand what you are giving up with a pension transfer and what you might potentially gain and weigh each against the other. 

Transferring UK Pension To NZ Tax

Tax is a significant consideration for UK pension transfers.  

Tax can be levied on:

  • Payments from a scheme
  • Growth in a scheme 
  • Transferring your pension between schemes.  

It pays to know all these different tax obligations for leaving your pension in the UK versus transferring your UK pension to a QROPS.  Only then you can compare the tax situations for each course of action to fully understand if one option provides the best tax outcome. 

Learn more about tax on pension transfers


Once you’ve decided to transfer your UK Pension, we’ll help you set up your member account in your new New Zealand Qualified Recognised Overseas Pension Scheme. A QROPS must meet all the criteria outlined by HMRC (in that it basically has to act like a UK pension scheme).  

Not all QROPS are the same, and their attributes vary considerably from:

  • Investment options – GBP vs NZD investments
  • Tax structures and rates
  • Fees and charging structures
  • Rules surrounding withdrawals

Learn more about QROPS schemes.

How Can QROPS NZ Help?

Your Circumstances And UK Pensions Are Unique – Rethink How To Take Advantage Of These

Being unique is great; it creates opportunities for you and your UK pension that are entirely different from everyone else around you.  Discover those opportunities for yourself by speaking to one of QROPSNZ’s friendly, independent and professional advisers. We’re here to help seven days a week on 0800 102 599

What You Get With QROPS NZ

  • Simple, no-nonsense analysis of all of your options
  • Wide choice of NZ QROPS schemes
  • Access to the best performing QROPS funds and UK SIPPs
  • Tax structuring guidance – potentially leaving more of your pension in your pocket
  • Free entry into NZ schemes – saving your money for the future
  • Save yourself weeks researching pension and tax rules in New Zealand and the UK

The Value You’ll Get Out Of Your Call With Us.

  • A targeted tax discussion specific to your circumstances
  • Information relevant to your UK pension type
  • Understanding types of QROPS schemes and your investment options
  • How to maximise your UK pension’s value in your new scheme
  • A full understanding of future implications of transferring or not
  • A clear path to understanding if a UK pension transfer is a good idea or not

Big, Yet Independent

We are the largest independent transfer specialist in New Zealand

Over 5,000 pension transfers
over $450m transferred
From 800 uk pension providers

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