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Re: UK tax on Swiss pension withdrawal

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Hi,

When leaving Switzerland a couple of years ago I did not manage to withdraw my pillar 2 because I previously made some voluntary contributions. I actually bought back a few years of Swiss Pensions to put more money in the pot and save tax on a bonus that was paid to me over there. The money was blocked for 3 years and now I have started counting the days until I can take the money back (well, everything but the compulsory part).
I am trying to figure out what the damage will be when HMRC ask for their cut. I have been reading contradicting information and would appreciate if someone could advise.
I spoke to HMRC this morning who transferred me to at least 3 specialists but none of them could answer properly. Their default attitude was "you are not 55 so it is income, you'll have to pay tax" which am afraid is a little bit more complicated than that. But they will look into it and should get back to me at some point.
My understanding was there was a tax-free treatment for payments of lump sums relating to foreign service. I have also just found the following

Switzerland: double taxation agreement, Article 18: Pensions
(2) Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph (1), a lump sum payment derived from a pension scheme established in a Contracting State and beneficially owned by a resident of the other Contracting State shall be taxable only in the first-mentioned State.

Looks like tax is only due in Switzerland.
How did it work out for those of you who withdrew your Swiss pension?

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There is extra statutory concession A10 that exempts anything before April 2011, slightly more complicated after that due to 'disguised remuneration' rules that need to be read but probably won't concern you.
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