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IoM Details New Pension Schemes

by Amanda Banks, Tax-News.com, London

01 November 2010


The Income Tax Division of the Isle of Man Treasury have published three practice notes providing guidance on changes to the island’s pension schemes.

The first practice note, PN 164/10, announces details of the newly-launched '50C scheme', a new type of pension scheme, which is to be open to both the domestic pension market and to international investors, as approved by the Isle of Man parliament, the Tynwald, on October 19. PN 164/10 in particular details the scheme’s characteristics including its tax treatment, and the implications of the scheme accepting contracted-out/protected rights transfers.

The Division’s second Practice Note, 165/10, provides an update on ‘approved pension schemes’, in particular with respect to updated provisions in relation to:

  • Pension transfers;
  • The tax treatment of funds remaining in a scheme on the death of the member; and,
  • The value of member’s benefits for the purposes of calculating a lump sum payment.

The last Practice Note, 166/10, addresses a number of investment issues, including:

  • An outline of the basis on which the Assessor decides whether or not an investment may be approved;
  • Treatment of trading income;
  • Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Schemes (QROPS);
  • Permission for investments to be made without the Assessor’s clearance;
  • Prohibited investments; and
  • Possible new regulations.

A comprehensive report in our Intelligence Report series titled "The Lowtax International Pensions Report" which has an in depth view on The Mechanics of Pensions Provision, 'High-Tax' Country Pension Regimes and 'Lowtax' Jurisdictions In Which To Locate Pensions Savings, is available in the Lowtax Library at http://www.lowtaxlibrary.com/asp/subs_reports.asp and a description of the report can be seen at http://www.lowtaxlibrary.com/asp/description_report14.asp
TAGS: Isle of Man | tax | investment | business | pensions | offshore pensions | law | international financial centres (IFC) | offshore | legislation | Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Schemes (QROPS) | regulation

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