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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 exercise 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 ...
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UK ISA - Can Only contribute to 1 provider a year?

HMRC has a rule that you can only pay into one stocks and shares isa in any given year. But what if I transfer this years part funded ISA to another provider. Can I continue to pay into the new ...
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Student Loan versus Cash ISA

I have taken out a UK student loan several years back whilst studying, it was interest free at the time, but now a low interest of 1.5% APR has kicked in. I have scraped together enough to pay this ...
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Refused for Debt Consolidation Loan. Why would I be denied this loan?

I have numerous maxed-out credit cards and a half-used store account and I'd like to pay them all off with a consolidation loan, to reduce the interest I'm paying and clear them all up quickly. I'm ...
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What steps or checks should I do to see if a lending company that cold-called me is legit? Too risky?

A few days ago I got a call from company asking me if I have any outstanding debts and saying they can help me with my debts. Well, I don't have any debts; though I use 3 credit cards, I always pay ...
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Should I charge VAT on a customer who is VAT registered in a EU country? [closed]

I hope the title explains it all. I supply goods which are taxable in UK. If the EU customer is not taxable, should I zero rate it or is the transaction outside the scope of VAT ?
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Having a flat rented for me on expenses vs having a payrise

I've been offered a flat in London instead of a pay rise. I feel like I'm getting a great deal, but I just want to run this by people in case there's something I'm missing here. Quick background. I ...
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Is PAYE Mandatory for Making Salary Payments

I am the director of a limited company in England and Wales and am the only worker and shareholder. I understand that it is advantageous for me to draw a salary from the company and also take some ...
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What is the best budgeting app you can use in the UK without a PC, in the Apple ecosystem

I'm looking for a budgeting app for someone that very, very rarely touch their PC, but have an iPad and iPhone. I love YNAB ("You need a budget"), I think it'd fit their needs perfectly, but the ...
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Can I have more than one current account

Is it possible to open more than one current account in the UK? and how will this affect my credit score. I only say this as there are current accounts that pay 3% interest on balances - which would ...
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UK Ltd taxation on stocks/bonds income and real estate rent income

If I got it, the main tax an UK Ltd has to pay is the corporate tax, which is about 20% of the total income of the company. This income include income derived from bonds, stocks, mutual funds ...
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Are UK cash ISA's cumulative?

I have opened a Cash ISA recently and I don't seem to understand how they calculate the ISA earnings. So as an example, suppose I have a cash ISA maxed out at £5,940 (I know this is going up in July ...
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Tax Benefits of Loaning to Loss-Making UK Company

I have a limited company in the UK that is, unfortunately, currently making a loss. The company has been loaned cash (about £2000) by myself but isn't making a profit yet and I have taken no salary ...
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Conveyancing Solicitor problems UK

I hope someone can help us, my wife and I are in our 70s and in poor health made worse by our current predicament. We’ve sold our house and are living with our daughter temporarily whilst trying to ...
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Dual Citizen British/US and online business taxes

I am a dual British/US citizen living in the EU. I file taxes in the US with my husband. I want to open an account with an online gallery to sell my artwork and as we intend to retire to UK I will ...
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How can I refute an excessive surcharge for debit card payment?

I recently paid a company to carry out some work on our house. I made a payment over the phone and spoke to a nice lady who took my debit card details. However when I checked my bank account I ...
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How to use credit card (Barclaycard UK) merely to build the credit history? [duplicate]

My aim is to buy house in three years time So I started searching for the ways I can get mortgage for the house. I found out that I need good credit score to get mortgage along with other things such ...
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What is the difference between Child Benefit and Child Tax Credit?

In the UK, how does Child Tax Credit differ from Child Benefit? It appears to me that those who receive Child Tax Credit are fewer than those who receive Child Benefit, as there are more criteria ...
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ISA - intra year profits and switching process

I would like to open an ISA account to invest in funds and I see that the maximum allowance is increasing to 15,000 GBP in few months. My understanding is that all incomes generated in the ISA are ...
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Transferring large sums of money overseas

When transferring the past few years of savings from working overseas (over £25,000) to my account in the UK. This is my savings from income I received over the past several years while working ...
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Applying for mortgage without credit history

In a few months I will be moving to the United Kingdom, having never lived there before I will have no credit history - though I do have personal savings which will be transferred over. I have already ...
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Self Assessment UK - Goods and services for your own use

I'm a freelance web developer in the UK. I've only been freelancing for 5 months, and I am in the middle of completing my very first tax return (online). On the form there is a box for which you may ...
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What do I need to know before getting a loan?

Recently, due to a series of events, I've been finding myself... uncomfortable with my financial situation. I'm not in debt, but my account balance did drop into the low three-digit figures a couple ...
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Deposit to help out my Sister to buy her first flat with fiance

I will be made redundant by the end of the year, getting £9,000. I would like to invest this to help out my sister to buy her first property. She and her fiancé have £20,000 of their own deposit and ...
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Will I be liable for taxes if I work for my co. in India for 3 months while I am with my husband in UK

My husband has a temprorary assignment in the UK and I plan to accompany him . My company is open to let me work from home but are there any legal or personal tax implications and how long can I ...
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Do I have to pay an advisor 3% to transfer a pot of £49,000 to another pension provider?

I am looking to re-invest a stand-alone pension (originally called an AVC pension: Additional Voluntary Contributions pension) so that I can take 25% as a tax-free lump sum and retain flexibility in ...
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How do I find good fee-only financial advisors in UK?

I found http://www.vouchedfor.co.uk/ which seemed like a pretty good resource, but was curious if there are more/better resources. I'm an expat living in UK so it would be ideal if the FA is ...
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UK university student finance - should I use my sponsorship money to pay the debt?

I am in the fortunate situation of having both an unconditional offer for a (UK) university I really want to go to, and a sponsorship offer from the company that I have worked for in my gap year, in ...
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Renting with the Help to Buy: mortgage guarantee scheme

With the Help to Buy: mortgage guarantee scheme, I have heard that you cannot rent out the property under the scheme. Is this true? Also I have heard that it is possible that if you get a mortgage ...
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Using a FOREX platform to actually change money

Does anyone know of a FOREX trading platform, on which both GBP and EUR are traded and which allows withdrawals in a different currency from the original deposit? (Just found out forex.com only ...
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How should I include pension contributions in my UK Child Benefit calculations?

I'm using the gov.uk Child Benefit Tax Calculator and I don't know how I include my pension contributions in the "Pension contributions deducted from your pay" and "Pension contributions not paid from ...