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Can I make a joint account in UK?

I am an international uni student living with a British student in UK. Due to complications in dividing money when it comes to buying groceries, we decided it would be best that we open a joint bank ...
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inheritance transfers from the world bank in uk

My girl friend says she has paid the tax on 3.6 million us dollars and is now waiting for a code of transfer from the world bank to be able to transfer funds to any account in the world. It requires ...
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Can everybody affect your credit score?

I have been screwed over paying too much for my public transport a few times. The last 3 weeks they have auto topupped me with a disabled credit card, so now it evens out. I use a UK Blue Oyster Card ...
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Is credit score an international thing?

I have moved from the Netherlands to the United Kingdom and credit score is a big thing here, while afaik there is no such thing in the Netherlands. Will a positive or negative credit score in the ...
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How does ISA allowance cumulate over time?

I don't understand how the ISA allowance cumulate (if it does) over time. Suppose I use the entire allowance for 2014. So I will have in the ISA 15k £. What happens in 2015? Suppose no P&L was ...
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What should i do regarding taxes if I am working full time and have a self employed 'freelance' work?

I have a fulltime work in UK and have an old business which give me some money every few months, I have my national insurance number as a full time worker, but now any money will come from my ...
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Ideas on how to invest a relatively small amount of British pounds

I am of European origin and I live in the U.K, studying for my Doctorate. I have managed to save an amount of money, around 5,000 pounds. I would like to ask what people here think is the best (and ...
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Should I exchange my Scottish pounds for English ones? [closed]

If Scotland becomes independent, is there a risk that Scottish pound notes will become less valuable than non-Scottish notes?
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How is national insurance deductions calculated in the UK?

I understand that in the UK national insurance is a deduction made to your salary. I have seen this question/answer, that lists 2 very good websites that breakdown your take home pay for UK residents. ...
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How to protect yourself from fraud when selling on eBay UK

I have my Mid-2013 MacBook Air up for sale on eBay, and have already had to go through resolution processes after previous auctions were won by obvious scammers (fake PayPal emails, etc.) What I want ...
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UK :: Do I need to pay council tax as a student, during the summer break?

I am a full time uni student in UK. My Course ran from 2013 Sept to 2014 June and starts again in this year September. During the summer holidays, I lived in a private accommodation style property ...
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Is there an investment account where I can owe taxes only if the net of capital gain and dividend payment is positive?

I am planning to open an account to trade or a fund, and I am looking for a very specific legal structure. Basically, I am looking for a legal structure that allows me to receive the gross dividend ...
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Is it possible to transfer money from UK bank account to Egypt bank account?

I am working currently in UK and my HSBC uk bank told me that it is not possible to transfer from/to egypt any money, so is that really true? and what other ways I can do so?
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I recently moved to the UK. Should I do something to build a credit history?

As the title says, I recently moved to the UK and obviously I don't have any credit history there but I think it would be a good idea to start building one, especially because sometimes in the (not ...
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How to safely pay with VISA online

Usually I can get away with PayPal for online purchases, but sometimes I come across a website that only accepts VISA card. I refuse to use my VISA card, as my account contains all of my money, and ...
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Housewife pension options

We live in the UK. I have a job and pay into a company provided pension (with the company then paying in some extra). My wife left her job a couple of years ago and is now a 'house wife' aka ...
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How do I divide equity following separation with cohabiting partner?

I have been in a cohabiting relationship for 20 years - we are living in a property that we have lived in for 12 years - we bought the property for £95,000 and the property is now valued at £190,000 ...
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What regulations are in place to protect consumer's investments in UK?

I know about FSCS (Financial Services Compensation Scheme), which will cover you in case your broker defaults, but it will only cover up to 50K GBP for investments; not particularly much. What ...
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Are index trackers subject to insolvency risk?

If I invest my money in a bank account, the bank could go bankrupt and I could lose all my money - well, at least I could have in the distant past, before government deposit insurance was invented. ...
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UK Contractor with Limited Company

I recently set up a limited company and have an accountant taking care of much of the financial side. I wanted an opinion other than my accountants. For the entire income I recieve from clients I am ...
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Claim tax relief on purchase in UK as full time employee

As a full time employee in an I.T. company can I claim tax relief on purchases related to my job? My employer does not provide a laptop so I was considering buying one myself and was wondering if ...
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Can I back out from the lease before signing the contract

I was looking for an accommodation and found one. I have not signed any contract or deposited money yet. I just agree to take the place via email with the current tenant of the flat and planned to ...
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How do I determine how much rent I could charge for a property or location?

I am interested in investing in property. How do I go about figuring out the rent-ability of any given property? As in how do I figure out how much rent a property could get potentially on average ...
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How can we confirm if a telegraphic transfer has been credited to the beneficiary's account?

A while ago, I made a foreign telegraphic transfer from a bank account in Bank A to another bank account in Bank B. Bank A then sent me an 2 email; one confirming that they have received my FTT, and ...
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What is my Tax position on short term (90 day) on-site contracts in the UK and will I owe taxes in both countries?

I am considering a short term project in the UK maybe a total of 90 days between now and the end of 2014. I live in the US. The recruiting firm that contacted me has a UK branch and a US branch both ...
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Will my new job use the tax code from my P45?

If I've given a copy of my P45 to my new employer will they use the tax code on it to calculate the tax I should pay for the first month. For instance: 1000L
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What is the difference between an Independent Financial Advisor (IFA) and an Accountant?

I'm looking for some advice on various small personal financial matters relating to pension, salary, taxation etc. I've been given a personal recommendation for an accountant, but looking at their ...
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Can a bank ask for a quicker repay of a part of a mortgage?

In the UK, could a bank ask you to repay quicker a part of a mortgage (or a loan guaranteed with a property) because your risk profiles increases due to the value of property going below the ...
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Downsides to Salary Sacrifice? (UK)

My company are starting a scheme where I reduce my gross salary by the amount I pay into our pensions. They increase their pension contribution by the same amount, saving us both National Insurance ...
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Guidelines on Skill Transfer UK Visa Investment

Can Tier 2 Skill Transfer UK Visa holders do investment in London stock market? If yes what is the procedure?
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Difference between a mortgage and buy-to-let in UK

In terms of rights, whats the difference between getting a regular mortgage and a buy-to-let mortgage for a property in the UK? For example, if I wanted to invest in a property, and got a regular ...
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How can I invest my personal money in my own Limited company in the UK?

I registered a Limited company in the UK one year ago and I am the sole shareholder and sole director of the company. Now I want to invest £50k in the company so that I can buy products and rest of ...
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Tax on Money transfered to India from UK?

I'm from India came to UK on Feb 4th 2014 and I will be in UK till Sept 30th 2014. I'm earning money in Pounds, and paying tax as per UK tax policy. I could save some money which I transferred to ...
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As a contractor, should I overpay my mortgage or contribute to a pension?

My specific situation is:- Early 30s Software contractor via a ltd company Resident in Scotland Higher-rate taxpayer Mortgage at ~5% (variable 4.5% above BoE), LTV about 75%. I'm allowed to overpay ...
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Foreign bequests and gifts

I am a U.S. resident and citizen. My British mother died earlier this year. In her will, she directly bequeathed me 10,000 pounds, and left the remainder to her sister. Said sister thought that was ...
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Getting money from online websites I own to my UK bank account

I recently moved to UK for a full time job, and I get my salary transferred to UK bank account, and automatically tax calculated. At the same time I own few websites and I get some money from these ...
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How can I register a UK business without providing a business address?

If you are a start-up from home and do not have an office yet, how can you register your business on http://www.companieshouse.gov.uk/ without publicly disclosing your personal home address? I know ...
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Financial gift or nasty surprise

If a friend from the U.K. is wanting to give me a large amount of money, why would they need my signature? They haven't requested any bank account details, but why would I need to sign something to ...
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Can a company run a credit check on me without my permission?

I understand that sometimes when dealing with companies over the phone or over the counter, they need to run a credit check. I would have thought that as a courtesy they would at least tell you this ...
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Small business tax dates, what is “the date” of a job?

I work to a tax year that starts on the 6th of April. I have a number of jobs which before this date are: "in the pipeline" i.e. in my order book work in progress finished not invoiced finished and ...
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Tax on NRE account

I am an UK citizen. I opened a recurring monthly fixed deposit Indian NRE account at 9% interest for 10 years. No tax in India and repatriable. My first question is do I have to pay tax in the UK ...
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US dividends double taxation for foreigners (UK)

I have read that the US government exercises a 15% (or even 30%, where the foreign country is not in the double-taxation treaty with the US) withholding tax on US dividends, if the shareholder is ...
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VAT listing on repair job

This is a question on consumer law and trading standards in the UK. I appreciate it may be a grey area. A few weeks ago I took a sail to be repaired in a local sail loft. I asked for the price and ...
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Why would you use an IFA for choosing a pension fund

I've been trying to sort out a pension fund and been talking to an advisor from st. james place, who whilst admittedly not exactly an IFA does seem to know his stuff. But their fees are relatively ...
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Equifax credit report insurance quotations

I have just ordered a credit report from equifax. The credit report shows up all healthy except for a large number of (genuine) 'insurance quotations'. These are car insurance quotations that I have ...
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How long will defect remain in credit history?

I have read this question/answer that suggests that it takes 7 years for items to clear from a credit file. Is this the same in the UK? And in the meantime, if I have late payments showing on my ...
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Is there any way to cash in a pension fund?

The last company I worked for (I'm in in the United Kingdom) had one of those schemes where the company puts a certain amount of money every month into a pension fund. I quit my job and now I keep ...
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Can credit card be used as a debit card by making payments into credit card before even using it?

I am planning to use Halifax clarity credit card abroad when I travel to Europe. The credit card offers good rates while using abroad with no transaction charge or non sterling transaction charge ...
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Good trust account in the UK

We need to open a trust account for our children for some money they inherited in trust. We were warned that quite a few of the banks are quite reluctant to do this. So the main questions are: Once ...
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Any sane way to invest in both funds and stocks with UK ISA?

I wish to invest in both stocks and funds within an ISA. However the fund supermarkets all seem to charge an annual fee even on stocks. Yet there are stock trading isa accounts that have no fee. So I ...