FURBS
Companies may provide retirement benefits greater than the Inland Revenue limits. Such top-up benefits schemes may be funded through either a FURBS (funded unapproved retirement benefits scheme) or an URBS (unfunded unapproved retirement benefits scheme). The employee will pay tax on the unapproved contribution. The benefits, if taken as a lump sum are not taxed but if converted into a pension are taxed as income. The existence of a top up scheme must be reported to the Inland Revenue. An Inland Revenue booklet explains the treatment of FURBS.

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FURBS
1) Now known as employer-financed retirement benefit schemes (EFRBS), unapproved occupational pension schemes that employers used to set up to provide top-up benefits for employees who were caught by the pensions cap. No new FURBS can be set up since 6 April 2005. The employer entered into a contractual commitment to pay a pension at retirement, and made payments to fund that pension promise. FURBS were not capable of being approved by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), and attracted only limited tax relief. See also unfunded unapproved retirement benefit schemes.
2) Unapproved occupational pension schemes set up by employers to provide top-up benefits for employees who are caught by the pensions cap. They will usually involve the employer contributing to a trust during employment to fund the pension after retirement. As they are unapproved they do not attract any beneficial tax treatment (in comparison to approved pension schemes).

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