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renting company houses room as director

I have limited company in UK, and I d like to buy a house on companies name and rent one room of three to my self(director). what are the complications about these kind of things, lets assume house ...
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Can you explain why these items are considered negatives on my credit report?

I just used 'Clear Score' to find out my credit rating. My score is higher than both the national and local averages, but there are 2 'negative' results shown. Negative (2) Your oldest active ...
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Is research prize from Italy taxable in the UK for a non-domicile resident?

I feel it's a complicated wording question. I am an international student studying in the UK as a PhD student. I received a research prize from an Italian academic society for training purposes (I ...
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How can my friend in the uk buy me a gift card that will work for me in the u.s [closed]

My friend wants to give me a visa or equalivilent gift card. She lives in the u.k. I live in the u.s. How do we get a card to me from there that will work?
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Salary and taxes for first time workers [duplicate]

I'm really hoping you could help me understand the taxes and what will be my net salary. I've started to work for the first time in the UK on May the 9th 2016. My income will be 26000/year (gross). I'...
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How is possible for a prepaid credit card to help your credit score?

My brother is moving to the UK next month, he has no history in this country as he has been born abroad and never lived in the UK in spite of being a British citizen. I would like to help him build ...
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Why is UK National Insurance calculated weekly?

In the UK and many other countries, there is a threshold below which no income tax is paid. It is an annual threshold so that you don't pay any income tax if your total earnings are below it in any ...
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Why would someone who thought they will work until they die contribute to a pension plan?

One of the shocking graphs going round at the moment is from many millennials expect to work until they die: Now I'm a UK millennial who wants to retire early, however if I did think I were going ...
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How can I be sure I will receive all of my pension payments when I have worked for many employers?

Most people will work for many employers in their lifetime. In the UK, your employer contributes to your pension. My question is, when I come to retire how can I be guaranteed to have access to all ...
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In layman's terms, what is balance transfer?

I know very little about my credit cards, all I know is that I make sure to do the minimum payments on time. Some suggested that I do balance transfer? What is that suppose to mean? Can someone pay ...
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What's the simplest, cheapest way to reproduce the WMA private investor indices's “income index”?

I'm aware that some discretionary wealth management and advisor types use the WMA private investor indices as a benchmark and as a guideline for asset allocation. I'm interested in what the simplest, ...
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What can I do to remedy ISA cash/shares transfer latency?

I discovered recently that in the UK, money deposited in a cash ISA could be transferred to a stock ISA and vice versa. Of course the sum invested in cash + stock is constant (there is a yearly ...
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Sending more that 10K USD to UK Business Account

I have my brother who lives in USA, he wants to send around USD 10000 to UK onto my Business Account Via Wire transfer through Bank to bank for Loan Purposes. My brother is worried as in US a ...
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How does cash ISA & share ISA mix together

I am trying to understand the ISA concept in the UK. I think I understand cash and share ISA separately but I do not know how they mix together. Right now I have on a cash ISA 15K£+15K£ (Y-1+Y0). ...
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What does HMRC (the UK tax agency) view as valid expenses for travel?

I understand that any expenses must be wholly for business purposes, so that means normal eating doesn't count, it has to be outside the usual pattern of business. However there seem to be a lot of ...
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Tax return if worked partially in the UK and partially in Germany

I have worked from Jan to July 2015 in the UK and from Oct. to Dec. 2015 in Germany. I'm not sure if it makes sense for me to submit a tax return claim. (The tax year in the UK runs from April to ...
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Saving in foreign currencies

I live in the UK and am looking at opening a USD account. The primary reason for this is that I work for an American company whose employee share plan deals in USD, so it is required for that. However,...
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First year partnership - no trade tax return

A friend and I registered a partnership last year (June 2015) with the intention of running alongside current employment. However due to circumstances and time we have not actually done any business (...
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Property investment in UK, France and Switzerland pros and cons

What's the difference (pros & cons) of buying 1st property for residency or investment between UK, France and Switzerland in terms of: Taxes Average rates Incomes Others ... Thanks!
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Where do I pay tax - UK or Malta?

I'm a UK company director but am considering a move to Malta where I will become resident and work remotely, with occasional visits back to the UK. My wages (and dividends) will be paid into a UK bank ...
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Will a British bank accept a twice-endorsed cheque?

I am an American citizen, living in the U.S., and I've been sent a small refund from a UK vendor in the form of a cheque drawn on the Bank of Scotland and made out to me. My bank will charge $23 to ...
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Easiest way to diversify savings

Finance has always been a bit of a black art beyond current and savings accounts, so I'm hoping this makes sense. In light of the possibility of Britain leaving the EU (that isn't the actual reason, ...
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When should I schedule direct debits?

I am going to start a new job soon where I will be go from being paid weekly to monthly. I have several direct debits that come out of my account all through the month. I would like to reschedule ...
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How do gold sovereign coins compare to other gold investments? [UK]

I'm starting with the assumption that gold is sometimes useful for diversifying risk, responding to economic instability, or generally commodity trading. That stated, there are obviously different ...
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Notice period calculation as an employee in the UK [closed]

As an employee I have a notice period of one week. If I hand in my notice on Wednesday, will my last day at work be the next Wednesday? Or the next Tuesday?
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Can you pay yourself with interest from your director's loan in the UK?

With the Chancellor's scrapping of dividend tax credits, the effective marginal rate for being paid in dividends from a limited company has now gone from 20% to 26% for lower rate tax payers, and from ...
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Do shares purchased on FTSE AIM move with company to other markets?

I've struggled to find an answer for this so apologies if there is one easily found out there. At the moment I'm looking at potential investments in the FTSE AIM market, I've read a lot about how ...
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How to minimise the risk of a reduction in purchase power in case of Brexit for money held in a bank account?

With the Brexit referendum looming, one of the foreseen consequences in case Britain leaves the EU is a diminished purchase power for the British Pound Sterling. What would be the best way to ...
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How is my [UK] bank calculating mortgage porting affordability?

I have had a mortgage with my bank for ten years now, and want to move. I have phoned them a few times to ask about what I can afford, but each time the answer confuses me, and when I ask how they ...
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UK limited company and personal bank account [closed]

I have recently formed a UK limited company using an online company formation service. I currently do NOT live in the UK. I have not yet applied for a business bank account in the UK, but I do have a ...
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How should accumulation type units in unit-trusts/OEICs held outside of an ISA/SIPP be handled for tax?

If I hold income type units (call them "INC") of a fund (or investment trust shares or regular equities for that matter) outside of an ISA/SIPP wrapper, it's obvious enough how to fill in a tax return:...
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How to deal with end of tenancy for the tenant in the UK

I signed (in London - UK) a tenancy agreement in December 2013 for 3 times 1 year (the landlord wanted this instead of a 3 years contract). The term of the contract will arrive in a few months and I'd ...
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24% tax on first pay in the UK?

Quite a similar thread to others I've seen here - hope I'm not repeating the same questions again! I just got my first payslip after arriving in the UK and noticed that the tax is far higher than ...
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What happens in the 2nd period of an ISA? (UK)

I'm sorry if this is a duplicate, I tried to search for similar questions but I'm not sure what the correct terminology is! I've been curious about an ISA for some time now and it seems that they are ...
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Does a donation have to be used only on the thing it was donated for?

I am currently in the process of developing an open-source computer application and it is taking up a lot of my free time, so I would like to get some sort of income from it, even if it is a small ...
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Should a joint credit card be cancelled upon the death of the person named on the card?

This is specifically about credit cards issued within the UK. A little over 2 years ago, my father died, at the time of his death, my parents had joint credit cards (or, credit cards linked to a ...
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UK tax question for low earner in previous tax year

I lived in Spain for 3 years and moved back to the UK August 2015. I started work Sept 15th 2015 and then finished on Feb 10th 2016. my taxable pay in that period was £9264.08 so I was not deducted ...
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Why UK bank charges are not taken account when looking on interest for taxation?

In UK when filling-in self-assessment, HMRC is asking for amount of interest received during the tax year. But bank charges are not taken into account. See example here: my bank charges me £5 ever ...
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How do UK Gilts interest rates and repayments work?

I'm looking at UK Gilts and trying to understand how the interest rates and repayments really work. As I understand, if I buy £100 of a "5% Treasury Gilt 2020" it means I will get 5% interest each ...
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help-to-buy ISA and additional cash ISA

I am researching the help-to-buy ISA scheme. The average variable rate is set on 2% for most banks, however some banks offer extra but they put a further condition on it that you cannot hold an ...
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Working two jobs (one remotely to NZ). What should I do about taxes?

I currently live in the UK. I work full time (37.5 hours a week) at an agency. I get paid a fixed salary for this. I've been approached by someone in New Zealand to hire me by working remotely, I ...
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Does my (British) bank have to notify me a specific amount of time before reducing interest rates?

I have some savings for Uni in a 3% interest bank account - the best I can get on that amount of money. However, today (12th of May) I received a letter, from the bank, saying that the interest rate ...
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Repatriate NRE account money into UK GBP account tax laibility

I am resident in UK and have a NRE account where I keep depositing my earnings (for which I have already paid tax in UK) From NRE account, I can repatriate money. I.E. get it converted to pounds ...
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FTSE350 and TTM EPS & P/E

Four years ago the question of wide variations in reported P/E ratios was raised. It does, of course, still persist, and I much prefer P/Es based on EPS assessed on a rolling 12 months "TTM". The ...
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In terms of vehicle and tax in the UK what are the differences between an operating lease and a financial Lease

I am a programmer looking at finding the total tax burden or operating a car in the UK. It seems like there are three main methods of getting a car in The UK. Purchase, Financial Lease, or Operating ...
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Bank transfer not allowed for “cash account”

I've recently reloacated to UK and opened a bank account to deposit my paychecks. As I didn't have a credit history, the bank allowed me to open a (what they call) "cash account". Now, given that I ...
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Do I have to file a self assessment tax return even if I won't be taxed? (UK)

I am self-employed but make less than the personal allowance of £11,000. The government website says my income band is taxed at 0%. Do I still have to register as a sole trader and file a tax return? ...
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Credit score in UK for foreigners

I've been living in the UK for 5 years and I've been working in here for 3 years. Although my credit score is in good condition now as I set some regular debit card payments; according to experian, I ...
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Can I have two winning identical lottery tickets? [closed]

I always buy two identical lottery tickets, I have a feeling that I will hit the jackpot sooner or later. Can having two identical tickets cause me any problems e.g. fraud?
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Which first time Stocks and Shares ISA for UK, frequent trader UK markets? [closed]

I want to open a stocks and shares ISA. At present I have a sharedealing account with X-O (www.x-o.co.uk) and I’ve been making 1 or 2 deals per month. I’m approaching this as a long game and sticking ...