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e-banking from oversea bank to the UK bank & IBAN code

I have paid my tuition fees with e-banking from my country to the UK. And I've filled in SWIFT code and the addressee’s name, address, and UK account number instead of IBAN code. This will be ...
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Is 'Cost of raw materials and consumables' the same as CoS (Cost of Sales/Services)? [on hold]

As a IT contractor, I'm doing my company tax return, however I don't know where I should put my Cost of Services? Normally I could find Cost of Sales in the Full Accounts, but not for Micro-Entities’ ...
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Funds supermarkets transaction time frames - are all so vague?

When I was buying funds through fund supermarket time frames given were very vague. Trade was supposed to be executed at next "transaction point", without much description when is it. I am guessing ...
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Do you pay any tax on dividends up to £30k?

I'm a bit confused how dividends are taxable. Assuming I want to take ~£30k dividends ('tax credit' excluded) on which I will use my ~£10k personal allowance. Do I pay any income tax from it (from ...
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Am I being underpaid?

I earn £18000 pro rata for ten weeks. This full month I have just worked is gross pay of £1384, National Insurance was £85, Tax Code 1066L therefore PAYE = £0 Shouldn't my gross pay be £1500 though, ...
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Can I invoice my self-owned company?

As being self-employed, can I invoice my self-own non-VAT Limited company (used for IT contracting)? If so, in what circumstances (e.g. making my own Ltd company website)?
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Do I have to pay council tax if I rent for 6 months?

I'm not a student, I'm a postdoc and unfortunately I need to pay tax. If I rent a property by myself for 6 whole months, do I need to pay council tax on it? Do I get any discounts at all? I read ...
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£600 per month after rent: is this good?

After income tax, I will take home a pay of £1880 per month. After rent, this becomes around £600 per month. But I haven't included council tax in this, so it will be less than £600. Is this ...
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Renting a flat in the UK with a student

I'm a working professional, and want to rent a privately-owned 2 bed flat in the UK with a master's student. I know some landlords don't want to rent to students. But since I am employed, would they ...
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will using credit card a lot help building credit score?

I have a credit card with a very low limit, which I finish regularly in a very limited time. will using it to the limit and pay the balance several time per one statement help to build the credit ...
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Which type of company accounts to choose for LTD tax return?

I'm trying to file a File company's annual accounts on Companies House WebFilling website, however I've the following type of accounts: Abbreviated Accounts These audit exempt accounts are ...
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How can I stop debt collection agencies contacting me about an ex-partner who moved away 10 years ago?

I divorced about 10 years ago and transferred my mortgage out of my partner's name. However it appears as if my ex has been taking out more loans and not paying them back and every month or so a ...
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Double entry for mortgage

Q. What entries should be made for mortgage and interest only repayments? For info I use GnuCash. Situation: I have an interest (repayment) only mortgage of, say, £50,000. They added their fees to ...
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Handling expenses for corporate tax in GnuCash

I am very new to the whole concept of book-keeping (Read GnuCash help - that's it) at the moment and was wondering if I could get some pointers in here. I am running a micro limited company (One ...
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Will paying off my mortage quickly harm my chances in the future?

I'm currently nearing the end of the first year of my new 25-year mortgage, which is a five-year fixed plan at 3.39%. As it stands, I can make overpayments of up to 10% of the original loan every year ...
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Working as a self employed freelancer for an overseas company

I will soon be working on a self employed basis for a company based in Poland,but I'm still going to be based in the UK (working remotely/online as a consultant) and my question is do I need to pay ...
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Savings on tax money as a married person?

As I am on normal wage in which I don't have any saving and it's my first job in UK, and as a foreigner I don't know much about rules. I heard somewhere that I can talk to my HR manager to cut me back ...
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Why is NASDAQ:GLBL not available to trade through my broker, 4 trading session later?

NASDAQ:GLBL TerraForm Global has recently went through IPO pricing, on 31st of July. Yet today, 5th of August, it doesn't appear to be available for trading through UK brokers (e.g. IG Markets) Is it ...
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Italian mother-in-law died but also had UK Bank account - bank wants UK Probate to move money

My mother-in-law was Italian citizen and lived in Italy (with Italian husband), she died last week. The problem is she also had a UK bank account (which was opened years ago and registered to our UK ...
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Buying a building with two flats, can I rent one out and still get a residential mortgage?

I'm looking to buy a house (first time buyer) and I've seen an interesting property that is currently a (empty) retail space on the ground floor, and the above space is a self-contained flat (which is ...
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Recently quit job to start a limited company, registering as self employed?

I recently quit my job to start a limited company. I don't expect to make any money or pay myself anything for probably at least 4-6 months, so do I need to register myself as self-employed and the ...
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Is bad for a person's 'financial reputation' to have transactions to lottery sites on his/her bank statement?

I want to buy a UK National Lottery ticket using my debit card but I don't want my bank to hold this against me - I don't want to ruin my credit report. Am I right to worry about this?
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Can I register for VAT to claim back VAT without selling VAT applicable goods? (UK)

I do not sell any goods that are chargeable for VAT. I am not currently registered for VAT. I know that you cannot claim VAT refunds without being registered for VAT, and charging it on applicable ...
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UK National Insurance deduction as income tax in NZ

I understand as a New Zealand tax resident I am required to declare my worldwide income and the tax I pay on this income back in NZ each year when I do my tax return. However I am wondering what the ...
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Non resident working for a UK company from abroad and receiving on UK account - taxable?

I have been living in UK for 1 year and working for an UK company for the past months. Then my visa expired and I returned to my home in Brazil. However me and that company intend to keep me working ...
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Claiming loss of income due to water damage in residence

I have been recently required to vacate my residence due to flooding. The ceilings, floors and fittings need to be removed from the bathroom, kitchen and hallway, rendering the property uninhabitable ...
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Do I need to tell an estate agent how much a bank is willing to lend us?

We live in the UK and are hoping to move home. We wanted to put an offer in on a house. We have already spoken to our bank who have given us a letter stating the amount we are able to borrow. (Its the ...
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What is the definition of a “first time buyer” with relation to the UK “help to buy isa”?

I'm very interested in the soon to be released "help to buy isa". I'm unclear on the definition of a first time buyer. I have owned a house (with my ex wife) but I am no longer on this mortgage, ...
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Does a company in the UK have to pay taxes on betting winnings?

Betting in the UK is taxed on the company level so the bettor doesn't have to pay taxes on his winnings. I have a company in the UK whose only objective is to trade on sports betting. Will I have to ...
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make international payment on behalf of another company

A relative of mine is a partner in a company in Greece. The company needs to make an international payment to a company in Taiwan (10.000 EUR) for some equipment they purchased. They do have this sum ...
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Where do I have to pay taxes?

I'm a Canadian citizen doing a rotational program with an international company based in UK. I'm paid by the American holdings office, and I was living and working in California between September '14 ...
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First time buyers in the UK

Are there currently any grants or interest free loans available to first time buyers in the north of England on a home worth around £145,000? My partner and I are looking to purchase a house in the ...
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Am in the UK and need to sell my late fathers shares, have no idea.where can i get some advice please

I have shares in Tesco and BP that are my late father's, as his executor I would like some advice as to best time to sell and how to go about it. Can I do this on my own or do I need to pay a broker? ...
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Proof of address for bank account for UK spouse of Tier 2 work visa

My colleague has a Tier 2 visa to work at our company here in the UK (probably for the next 5 years). He and his family are from Indonesia. Bills are all in his name, but his wife is not being allowed ...
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Filling in W-8BEN for a UK Ltd Company

I've recently started a UK Limited Company and I'm trying to fill out W-8BEN (Link here) so I can receive payments for showing ads provided by Facebook, but the terminology is totally foreign to me. I ...
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How long does a retailer have to take payment?

I made an e-commerce purchase in January 2015, for which I used a credit card. The product was delivered promptly; no problem there at all; however the retailer failed to debit my account until around ...
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Is it wise to have plenty of current accounts in different banks?

Is it ok for an individual to open many (10+) current accounts with different banks? I have no business. The reason behind that is that I usually get a credit card with every new bank account I ...
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Should I have to pay income tax on contribution to home office rent from company?

My girlfriend and I work for the same company based in the UK, and are being moved to New York City, where we will work from home (aside from some time spent visiting clients, say 20% of the time or ...
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What UK banks use card readers?

I'm with a UK bank that authenticates by sending a text message to a mobile phone number. I don't like this at all and I would like to switch to a bank that uses a solution with a cardreader, so that ...
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UK fee-free foreign transfer to own account

I have a bank account in the UK and in The Netherlands. Transferring money from my UK to my Dutch bank account costs £25 with my current bank and most other banks have similar fees. The Money saving ...
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Government bonds ETF

I have two government bond ETFs as part of my portfolio. These are IBTS and IBGS, that have 1-3 year bonds of the US and Europe. What happens if interest rates become higher? Will these lose value ...
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Indian Citizen and living in Uk and doing Free lancing

I moved to UK in Aug 2014 as my husband's dependent and now got an offer from a freelancing company. They want me to setup an account in UK so that they can do payments in pounds. I am moving back in ...
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Registering as sole trader in UK although most of my work is conducted abroad/online

I would like some advice. I am a British national (not resident at present). I offer a range of language related services (translation, interpreting services, teaching, travel agent for language ...
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Ordering From UK to Base Overseas - VAT exempt?

Good afternoon, I'm currently serving the RAF Overseas in Cyprus and am looking at ordering a new laptop from PC Specialist (a UK company). My question is simple, am I eligible to buy this item ...
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Pros and cons accepting partial ownership of company as opposed to inheriting

My father owns property (buy to rent) and manages this through a small business in the UK. He probably has assets worth in the region of 750,000 GBP but is also still paying down the mortgages on each ...
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understand taxes when geting money from a project built long time ago plus my full time job

I have been employed full time in the UK for 1 year, I have no other side jobs and the company I am working for is paying taxes and national insurance for my salary, transferring the net salary to my ...
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UK Tax - can I claim expenses against a different tax year?

I have a day job but also a small freelance income from after-hours work. It's big enough that I have had to file a tax return for the last couple of years and pay tax on the profits left after my ...
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What year will my Gift Aid donations count as?

I made several Gift-Aided donations to charity on April 4th and received automated email receipts for each. However, April 4th was a Saturday and as I made the payments online, by debit card, they ...
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First time mortgage - process & rates

I'm looking to buy a first home in the next few months. At this point I thought I would check out the mortgage options as in my mind I'd need to have a mortgage agreed before going to look at houses. ...
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Which is the better strategy for buying stocks monthly?

I am planning to invest a little portion of my salary say 1000£ monthly on US & UK stocks and planning to hold on for long term. I am aware that investing in stocks might be risky compared to ...