Why you should need expat and emigration advice?by Alex Paul Digital Marketer
No matter where in the world you live, as a British expatriate you will need good, reliable and credible cross border emigration & financial planning advice.
For a UK resident, the majority of the time, financial planning is reasonably straightforward and there is a huge array of professionals available who can guide you through your financial planning. However, when moving overseas, a new tax jurisdiction needs to be taken into account; you will likely leave assets or sources of income behind in the UK, therefore you will need to consider the cross border implications.
A good example of where cross border advice becomes valuable is when you access your traditionally tax free 25% lump sum payment from a UK pension. This payment for a UK resident is clearly defined as ‘tax free’. However, there are some countries that will tax this payment as an income, therefore care needs to be taken on how and when you access this money. An easy solution could be to access your 25% payment whilst you are UK resident and defer taking an income until you are ready.
As you can see, cross border financial planning doesn’t have to be rocket science, however speaking with someone who is aware of the common issues for British expats is certainly sensible.
If you are emigrating, the areas you should be considering are:
When do I want to access my pensions and how should I do it (QROPS or through a UK pension)?
Do I need to invest my money in a particular way that makes it tax efficient in the country I now live in? Do I need to be concerned about FATCA reporting if I’m a USA connected individual?
Is my life / critical illness cover I created whilst living in the UK valid should I move overseas? Can a get more cost effective cover denominated in the currency of the country I now live in?
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