Six Benefits of an offshore bond for UK expatriates

Offshore Investments2

Time Apportionment relief

Any UK tax will be reduced proportionately from time spent a non-UK resident
Additional investments are deemed to be made at the commencement of the contract (even if they are additional Lump sum investments or regular premiums made when the client is UK resident again) thereby increasing any time apportionment relief given.

Gift Assignment

No UK income or capital gains tax change on assignor.
All future UK in come taxed charged at the new owner’s tax rate (if any)
Therefore, the overall UK tax payable can be reduced if the policy is assigned as a gift to a non-tax payer, for example a child or grandchild of the assignor who is a university student or a non-working spouse/partner


Easy to assign into a trust with the insurance company concerned, for a small yearly fee.
Possible to reduce or eliminate UK inheritance Tax liabilities.
Generation planning and asset protection advantages.
Can remove requirements of probate.

Gross Roll Up

Generally, the funds in which a policy holder invests are not subject to taxes in the insurer’s jurisdiction. For example, insurers in the Isle of Man do not currently pay tax on the funds held for their policyholders.
However, investments income building up in any fund/asset may be subject to a tax deduction in the country where the income was produced.
Gladstone Morgan Ltd recommend that you seek clarity from HM Revenue & Customs on individual cases.

5% Tax Deferred withdrawals yearly

Yearly withdrawals of 5% of the initial premium (and any additional premiums from the year in which they are added) can be taken without immediate UK tax charge.
5% is cumulative if not used.

Top Slicing

Gain is reduced by a fraction which represents the number of years the policyholder was UK Tax resident in comparison to the number of years the policyholder has held the policy.
This is reduced gain is added to the taxable income in the year of surrender, which could mean a policy holder will not fall into the higher rate (40% and additional rate (45%) rates of UK income tax on a very large taxable gains.

This document provides a high-level summary of some of the key UK taxation benefits which an offshore bond can provide to a UK expatriate investor. Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this document. Gladstone Morgan Ltd do not give tax or legal advice and can accept no responsibility for any act, or failure to act, based upon its content.

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