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Is the UK 'Cycle to Work' scheme worthwhile?

There is a cycle to work scheme my work is offering which works roughly like so: Change some of your pre-tax salary into vouchers to use to buy a bicycle, and bicycle equipment (helmets, lights etc). ...
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Wife wants to buy me out of our house - how to do this?

My wife and I want to separate, and have agreed in principle that she will pay me half the value of the house we share and I’ll move out. As she has just inherited a large amount following her ...
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Will I be chased for debt if I move out of the UK?

I am an International Student studying in the UK. I took some loans for about £3000 while I was studying here. Since the government has abandoned PSW visa for graduates it's likely that I will move ...
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Are HMRC (UK tax inspectors) required to give specific notice of late filing penalties?

I'm in a difficult position with respect to HMRC. My story: just before the deadline for submitting an income tax return for the tax year 2013-2014, this January (2015) I got a letter from HMRC ...
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What is the meaning of “advice confirms” in a bank statement?

I got some money transferred from a company in the USA to my UK bank (HSBC) account and I found that it is listed as "advice confirms" in the bank statement record online. What does this mean?
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Financial loan/pension jiggery pokery?

Without my asking my bank has offered me a £10,000 loan over 3 year at 3.8% APR fixed. They say that over 3 years the total amount payable will be £10,586.52. This sounds quite good VFM. On the other ...
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UK citizen going to freelance overseas - what type of specialist should I talk to for tax/registration advice?

I'm planning to leave the UK for around 12 months and work freelance in a non-EU country. I know there are many things I need to get right in terms of registration and financial declarations, tax ...
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I am not VAT registered. Do I need to buy from my supplier with excl VAT prices or incl VAT?

I have a small e-shop and my UK registered company is not VAT registered. I am buying sprays from supplier (UK company also) but he has given me quotes without VAT, but I think I need to pay him ...
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How to represent mortgage overpayments in household budget

I keep a household budget spreadsheet, one tab of which represents our savings. Some of our savings is in traditional savings vehicles (ISAs etc.), but some of it has been used to overpay the ...
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Capital gains tax applicability if buying a House abroad

I want to sell my House in India and bring that money to UK (living here for 2 years) to buy a house in UK. It will help me securing a loan by increasing the down payment I can make. My question is, ...
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Withdrawing money abroad

I am visiting europe but i am using my local bank in my home country. My home country bank cut international withdrawal fee every time i withdraw, thts fine but what i wanted to know, when is it good ...
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What is the economically rational way to fund leasehold property management?

I am trying to find a company to manage the block of flats (apartment building) I live in. What is the economically rational way to pay for property management services, According to traditional ...
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Can you change auto-enrollment pension provider? And what happens if you change jobs?

I'm trying to figure out if someone who has been auto-enrolled in a company pension scheme can change their pension provider. I opted out of the pension provided by my company because I couldn't ...
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Selling a home in the UK to buy a home in the US

I US citizen currently live in the UK, but will be moving back to the US in the near future. I own a home in the UK, with a sizeable mortgage and a LTV ratio of about 70%. I would like to sell my home ...
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As a minor in the UK do I need to pay taxes on self-employment income, and if so how?

I run a game community which is based around Minecraft at the moment with just under 40,000 registered users and I want to expand to YouTube which is in the works and other games. We relaunched ...
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Does it count as a benefit in kind if I'm purchasing benefits with my salary?

I'm working in the UK and my job pays me a basic salary, plus a "value account" worth 25% of my basic salary. The value account can be used to purchase benefits, including medical insurance, life ...
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Is it possible to split taxation of funds earned from a crowdfunding campaign over multiple years?

I'm intending to run a crowdfunding campaign at the beginning of next year, for a project that will take a number of years to complete. I want to try to understand a little more about how any income ...
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Do I need to earn a specific amount before I can reclaim VAT as a company in the UK?

I just wondered - if I have a business in the UK is there any restrictions on claiming VAT back on items bought for the business - do I need to earn over a certain threshold as I don't earn that much ...
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Can the legal owner of a vehicle cancel a change of keeper request?

I am the legal owner of a car. I don't posses a Full UK Licence (I have a Provisional) so whilst I was waiting for my test I transferred the car to a friend (V5) which made him the registered keeper. ...
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Unable to get a mortgage with partner, can we still share the house? (UK)

My long term girlfriend are trying to buy a house together. She is an EU national but has not lived in the UK in the past 3 years. We each have half the money we need and my income is good enough to ...
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Retirement - Annuity or not?

I have a pension worth around £150k and am due to retire soon. With the new pension rules in the UK, what would be some good options to maximise my income post-retirement? Annuity - I will be ...
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Is UK house price spiral connected to debt based monetary system? [closed]

Is the monetary system's debt basis* driving government policy on housing and property, and how could this ultimately affect personal housing affordability? The UK has an ongoing 'situation' with ...
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Payslips for assistant in the UK

I operate as a sole trader. I have an assistant that I pay on a regular basis. Do I need to provide them with payslips? If so, what information is legally required to be shown on the payslip other ...
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I'm contracting from London for a company based in Paris, and they require Proof of Residence for my Ltd Company. Where can I get this?

I've already gone through the process to obtain a "Proof of Residence" letter on the HMRC website. Once the application was completed, the email I received stated about applications in general that ...
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Receiving $10,000 grant from U.S company as a UK citizen using W-8BEN form, how much is taxed before and after using a tax treaty?

I'm going to be travelling to America to take part in a fellowship/scholarship/training program ran by an American company. I am a UK citizen. I am receiving a $10,000 grant from the U.S company and ...
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Should I/Can I consolidate multiple company pensions?

I've been paying into pensions since I got my first job after leaving university. I've changed jobs 4 times over 10 years and I now have a scattering of company pensions from various providers. So ...
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Pensions, annuities, and “retirement”

I already knew about pensions, but I’ve just heard of annuities today. The DifferenceBetween.net article “Difference Between Annuity and Pension” says, A difference that can be seen between ...
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Are there any tax advantages to having a company car over a car allowance?

I've just got a new job. Part of the deal is a car allowence or a company car. I'm planning on taking the money (I've recently bought a new car so I'm not really that interested in a company car). ...
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Taxes for a UK citizen interning in the US for 3 months

I am a student and UK citizen. This summer I will be interning in the US for 3 months on a J-1 visa. The internship is paid and my salary will be paid into a US checking account. I understand that ...
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How does my higher rate tax on savings interest get paid. **UK, pre-2016**

I earn over £42k, the limit for higher rate tax. See here. This means I have to pay higher tax on my savings accounts. See Here. Higher or additional rate taxpayers You must pay extra tax on ...
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How to find a suitable investment product for my ISA?

I'm looking for a specific kind of ISA product and simply can't find what I want. Here are my requirements: An ISA (I don't mind what type so long as the rate's 1.5%+) Lump sum initial payment (from ...
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How do you Record Revenue from ads?

I have a website with an increasing traffic so I decided to make it as a business and add ads into the website. I'm currently in the process of registering my business and I don't get how would I ...
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UK - Borrowing house deposit from parents

We are thinking to buy a house and our parents would like to help us with the deposit (as we don't own that sum). The idea is to give the money back someday. Now the questions: How do my parents ...
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Is there a way to buy raw oil today and sell it in 1 year time?

Is there a way to buy raw oil today and sell it in 1 year time? I would like to do so from the United Kingdom. EDIT: I mean buying shares of oil or whatever other form.. I just want to own it ...
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Should I pay off a student loan before getting a mortgage, given I have a large deposit?

I live in the UK, and have a ~£15K student loan that I started in 2007. That means that I pay extremely low interest on it (lower value of "RPI" and "Base Rate + 1%") and that I only ever pay it out ...
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Will dipping in to savings affect mortgage possibillities?

I currently have 2 accounts; a savings, and a current. Each month I have an amount transferred over to the savings. Since I have saved for a number of years now I have enough for a reasonable deposit ...
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Transferring money from Indian NRE account to UK

I am living in the UK and I need to get some money from India to UK to purchase a property. My father will be gifting me the money and he has the money in his NRE account(he is NRI).IS there any tax ...
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do I need to close my existing ISA if I plan to open a “Help to buy ISA” in the Autumn?

I currently have a cash ISA. I'm very interested in the new Help to buy ISAs that are supposed to be arriving in the Autumn as I am saving in my existing ISA for a house. The interest rates are much, ...
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Is there any possibility of doing an equity release deal on a property you don't (currently) own?

There are various equity release schemes to let you release some of the tied-up value in a property you own, see eg. http://www.equityreleasecouncil.com/faqs/ Is it ever possible to jointly purchase ...
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How to withdraw money from currency account without having to lose so much to currency conversion?

I'm trying to withdraw some money from Barclays currency account, but I don't know how without losing so much on the unfair conversion rate. For example, I've found the following rates (as per ...
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Received Stock options as UK Employee, however exercised the stock as a Canadian Employee. What is my tax liability?

I work for a global company. As a UK resident, my company awarded me stock options & Restricted stock. The stocks is traded on the NYSE. I exercised the stock in Canada. I transferred to the ...
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I'm working in London and I'm earning in GBP how can I transfer the money to India what taxes would be incurred

Kindly inform me how could I transfer the money from UK and I'm working there for 4 years and does it cost the tax and how much.
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What's the difference between “Index” and “Accumulation” tracker funds?

Here are two trackers running on the same index: http://www.morningstar.co.uk/uk/funds/snapshot/snapshot.aspx?id=F00000OOAW http://www.morningstar.co.uk/uk/funds/snapshot/snapshot.aspx?id=F00000OOAV ...
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Do I need to pay tax if I earned 10 pounds interest from peer-to-peer investment?

If I earned 10 pounds in tax year 2014/15, do I need to pay tax? I just started investing in Funding Circle, I earned few pounds. This just looks silly to pay tax from 10 pounds but maybe that ...
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United Kingdom: Where to save money for a property deposit

I'm currently 22, and I would like to buy a property at some point in 5-10 years, once I can afford the down payment (deposit). I live and work in London England, so for this example, assume my ...
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Buy to Let - Daughter-in-Law

My son and daughter-in-law are currently separated. They have 2 kids, and I have a great relationship with my daughter-in-law. I have had a relative die, and she is paying over the odds for rent, so I ...
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Buying a UK property but from another country

My sister in law is looking to buy a UK property as a holiday home, she lives in Norway, other than our normal buying costs, is there any other taxes or fees she has to pay as a non UK resident ?
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Am I a tenant in common by mortgaging my share?

If I mortgage my share of the property and later pay off the mortgage, am I a joint tenant now or tenant in common?
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UK - reclaim VAT on purchases for freelance work

I have a small freelance income in addition to having a day job. It's enough that I need to file a tax return for the extra money that I earn. My freelance work necessitates a reasonable outlay in ...
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Personal bank account for non-resident in UK

I have just received a job offer in the UK (for a UK company) and i want to open a personal account with a UK bank to receive my salary and avoid international fees. I've read around the web about UK ...