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How much hassle is it inheriting shares?

A UK-resident relative has died and left their estate to be divided between a few people. The executors are still drawing up a list of assets to file for probate, and they include some stock. I've ...
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Does NIC Class 4 contributions counts to your retirement pension?

When I pay more of 9% Class 4 NI, does it mean I will get more pension to my retirement pension as it accumulates? Or it doesn't make any difference to my future pension?
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Claiming car as a business expense in the UK

I am filing my tax return as a self-employed in the UK and would like to claim my car as a business expense. I have read the "Rates for cars" section of this website: ...
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My wife and I own two cars. Which of us need to be insured on each?

We have two cars; one is a 14 plate Skoda estate lease car. The terms of the lease say I need to have fully-comprehensive insurance. We also have an old W-reg Renault for my wife, with me as the ...
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Permanent resident filing taxes from a UK employer

I am a US permanent resident with a UK employer. My employer tells me they do not issue W2 forms to staff outside UK. What do I do? Is there some other form I should be filling for my taxes?
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Shopping around for loans without detrimentally effecting credit rating/chance of getting said loan?

I've found myself stuck in a quandary. I put a deposit down on a car and I'm trying to obtain a personal loan based on this. The problem is that I'm finding that despite passing all initial checks ...
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What I can do to offset a bad fixed-rate mortgage?

My mortgage came up for renewal right at the time in 2009 when UK interest rates hit rock bottom. This was unprecidented, and most financial advice was to take out a fixed-rate mortgage. So I perhaps ...
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How to pay when merchant only accepts UK creditcards? [duplicate]

I'd like to buy something at a site that only accepts UK credit cards. I'm situated outside the UK and I don't have such card. I've asked about this before, but unfortunately that question was put ...
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Obtaining UK virtual CC from abroad [closed]

I'd like to buy something online from a place that only accepts UK credit cards. Now I've been looking into the concept of virtual credit cards, and a provider called 3V seemed to be ideal. It works ...
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Understanding payment options with NS&I Bonds

So, just like many, my parents want to invest in: http://www.nsandi.com/65-guaranteed-growth-bonds?ccd=NALBAA since they are supposed to be quite good however, there is a genuine fear that the money ...
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Issue with mortgage valuation on new build property

I have a friend who recently put a deposit down on a new-build flat in a large new development in Scotland, it's priced at £150,000. He's paid the reservation fee, and been approved for the mortgage ...
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Is it possible to get a Visa or Mastercard Gift Card in the US and use it to buy UK products that require a UK billing address?

Is it possible to get a Visa or Mastercard Gift Card in the US and use it to buy UK products/services (online) that require a UK billing address? I know that in the US, I can buy something like that ...
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Is it possible to get a UK visa gift card while in the US?

Is it possible to get a UK visa gift card while in the US? For instance, is there a place to purchase a UK visa gift card while still residing in the states and get it sent to me before leaving?
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Can I sell shares with old-fashioned paper certificates online?

I have the paper certificates in my name, of some ordinary shares that were bought in 2009 in the UK. Can I sell them online?
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In what order should I save?

I see the advice for managing finances in the US talking about financing a pension up to employer match, then do the next thing, then the next and so on. However, I'm in the UK, and I'd quite like a ...
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How do I close a bank account that I no longer have any information for?

There is a Barclays bank account in my name that is overdrawn that I haven't touched in about 5 years. I went to the bank with my passport, and they said that it wasn't coming up on the system with ...
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Are there online brokers in the UK which don't require margin account?

To my surprise, it was extremely difficult to find an online Platform that offers the option to trade/invest in STOCKS with a 1:1 leverage, in other terms, purely my own money, no margin. I've ...
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A second income as a couple

I work a regular 9-5 job earning a decent wage. My wife works one or 2 days during the week and gets a varying, low wage. I've started selling items in my spare time and it's gotten to the point ...
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Privacy Concerns For Self Employment Taxes

I'm a UK based freelance website developer, registered as self employed and trading under my own name. I have to be honest that things haven't been going all that well recently so I'm turning my ...
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What are the tax implications on selling the Share ISA portfolio?

I am new to Stock and Share ISA investing. I am planning to make use of the New ISA limit of £15000 from this year. I am aware that the profit or loss made out of Share ISA is tax free. Does this ...
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Sole Trader or LTD, buy personal house and work from home

As Sole Trader or Limited you can claim a partial rate of your rent if the house where you live is used for business purpose. As usual everything has to be reasonable and calculated pro rata on time ...
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What type of insurance would protect you against the Amazon 1p bug?

After seeing many hobby and small businesses losing thousands of pounds due to a software bug pricing their products at 1p on Amazon I've been wondering. Is there a type of insurance that a hobby ...
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How do margins on tracker mortgages (variable rate mortages) vary over time?

One kind of mortgage, in the UK at least, is a tracker: the interest rate is equal to the central bank's base rate of interest, plus a constant margin. The margin can apply for the lifetime of the ...
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Where I am I liable for taxes?

I have a business which offers paid subscription-based access to a piece of software hosted in the cloud (i.e. the user doesn't install the software on their PC but accesses it via their web browser). ...
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What should I know about paying taxes for working from home as a new resident in the UK?

I am soon moving to the UK. (I have been a freelance web designer and developer.) What would I need to be sound in the UK and to be fit to work online as a freelancer? Will it include paying any ...
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How is income from surveys taxed in the UK?

I'm considering doing online surveys from companies such as YouGov, that pay you for each survey you complete, but I would like to know more about how taxes work, so I've got a few questions. Are ...
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How poor an idea is it to transfer out of an ISA before the interest is paid?

I currently have a Barclays issue 1 ISA, with around £8000 in it. I opened it in August 2014, and it pays 1.29% AER/1.28% tax free pa. At the time of opening it, I hadn't researched investments and ...
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Can/should a foreign person working overseas for a US company contribute to a 401k?

Our company (US-based) is considering hiring a foreign citizen (UK) to work for us in the UK. I believe that they CAN contribute to a 401k, but should they? Do they receive the same benefits from the ...
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UK Business Purchase from UAE

If I'm running a VAT registered business in the UK buying video game codes (non-physical products) from a company in the United Arab Emirates and selling them to customers in the UK and abroad, what ...
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In the UK what are citizens legally obliged to do (in order to not be fined)

What government stuff do you need to do in the UK? I have heard the following terms in passing: ['council tax', 'electoral register', 'tax return', 'P60', 'Jury duty'] and I am now aware that I ...
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How is taxation for youtube/twitch etc monetization handled in the UK?

I am pondering putting video up on youtube with monetization (i.e. putting up adverts), or stream on twitch. However, I would like to know what the tax consequences are. I assume the income is ...
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What should I be considering, as a student with an income for one year?

I'm a 3rd year university student (age 20) in the UK, and I'm half-way through a years placement that's paying ~£1200/month which finishes in July. I'm engaged, and looking to get married after I've ...
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Is my salary in UK taxable in India?

I have been moved to UK temporarily from India for 2 years. In whole 2013-2014 financial year, I am in UK and getting my salary in UK itself which is being credited in UK based bank. Will my income ...
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Can one get NI in UK to pay taxes without home address

Is it a requirement to have a home address in the UK in order to get NI? Can't I use virtual office's address for that matter? Would HMRC require something like proof of address which I can't provide ...
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How to calculate the potential difference of putting money into buying my house vs paying it into a pension

I've been wondering for a while if I would be better off stopping my pension payments and paying the money off my mortgage and paying it off more quickly. Then I would rent out the house and start ...
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Is there a lower threshold for new EU VAT changes coming 1 Jan 2015 related to the sale of digital goods?

I've heard that sales of digital goods into the EU will need to have VAT charged at the customers country VAT rate from 1 Jan 2015. The seller will then need to either file a VAT return in each EU ...
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Is there a reciprocal agreement between US and UK for credit on social security taxes?

I am a UK citizen living and working in the US. When I return to the UK can I get a credit for the social security taxes I paid over many years in the US - in other words does reciprocity exist on ...
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Ready to invest but I'm overwhelmed with the number of brokers and services

I have £15,000 - £20,000 to invest for the long term and I've researched what I will regularly invest in to: Pension, Index funds, Bonds, small number of individual stocks (maybe) as well as my cash ...
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What is tax form SA2002, in the UK

I am trying to rent a place in London. After providing so many forms the realtor is now asking for SA2002. I have tried searching for this but cannot find out what it is. The realtor has the attitude ...
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What is a best way to take earned money from abroad to India?

I am a Indian citizen. I am going to work in UK for some years. I am looking a best way to send my earned money to india. the options are, 1) Saving the whole money in UK and get back all in a bulk, ...
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How do you typically pay a deposit for a house?

I am in the final stages of buying a house. My solicitor has given me bank details and requested that I send the full amount owed for the house + solicitors fees - mortgage. This totals around 120,000 ...
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International Student in United Kingdom eligible to Invest

I am a International Student studying in London with a Tier 4 Student VISA. Am I eligible to invest in stocks, bonds or funds through brokers or banks in the United Kingdom? I tried to search Home ...
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(UK) If i inform the Jobcentre that I am paying someone's rent, will it harm their benefits claim?

I am paying the rent for a homeless friend, and my/his rental costs are all over the shop due to poor/misunderstood information. I have given him my mobile number to pass on to the landlord so that ...
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For my self assessment do I need to fill out both the Capital Gains Summary and Tax Return?

I received a documents through the post from the HMRC, a Capital Gains Summary and a Tax Return. The thing is I just want to tell them my gains/losses in shares using the Capital Gains Summary ...
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What taxes does a US citizen doing freelance work (self-employed) in the UK have to pay to the US government?

Currently I'm a US citizen living in the UK on a Maltese (EU) passport. While I have worked full-time for companies here in the UK, I've recently had an offer to do some freelance work for a company ...
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Should I combine all my pension pots?

I live in the UK. I have a private pension with Scottish Widows and a University pension which is superannuated. I no longer pay into the SW pension as a legacy of money difficulties in 2010 which are ...
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UK Citizen, Japanese Resident - where do I pay tax for royalties paid to UK bank?

I am self employed, work and reside in Japan. Most of my income gets paid vis PayPal or directly to my Japanese bank account. The exception is my Amazon royalties that can't be paid into a Japanese ...
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Legality of facilitating currency exchange between private accounts

I have accounts in India and the UK. Similarly, a friend has an account in each country. If I am in need of some money in GBP, I could receive money in my UK account from my friend's UK account. I ...
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What will happen to my shares if company delisted

I have shares in a UK listed company called Perform Group. It's recently been the target of a buy out by a private company, and I've received the following notification: AI PG LLC (AI) has ...
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England: Alternative to Student Finance

I am currently considering a change of course at my current University, but as I have already just started my second year of study, I won't be entitled to one years tuition fee loan from Student ...