IoM Details New Pension Schemes
Monday, November 1, 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
The Division’s second Practice Note, 165/10, provides an update on ‘approved
pension schemes’, in particular with respect to updated provisions in
- Pension transfers;
- The tax treatment of funds remaining in a scheme on the death of the member;
- 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.