Recognised overseas pension schemes (ROPS) notification list
08 June 2017
The list of Recognised Overseas Pensions Schemes (ROPS) notifications has been updated.
66 schemes have been added to the ROPS notifications list, 61 removed and one amended.
The ROPS list is of schemes that have told HMRC they meet the conditions to be a ROPS and have asked to be included on the list. Seven schemes have been added to the list and ten have been removed.
An updated list of ROPS notifications is published on the first and 15th day of each month. If this date falls on a weekend or UK public holiday the list will be published on the next working day. Sometimes the list is updated at short notice to temporarily remove schemes while reviews are carried out, for example, where fraudulent activity is suspected.
The requirements to be a ROPS changed from 6 April 2017.
You’ll need to check that the scheme you’re transferring to on or after that date meets the new requirements.
HMRC can’t guarantee these are ROPS or that any transfers to them will be free of UK tax. It’s your responsibility to find out if you have to pay tax on any transfer of pension savings.
HMRC will usually pursue any UK tax charges (and interest for late payment) arising from transfers to overseas entities that don’t meet the ROPS requirements even when they appear on this list. This includes where the ROPS requirements have changed and where taxpayers are overseas. HMRC will also charge penalties in appropriate cases.
Find out more about the changes for ROPS requirements.