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Tax Self Assessment for (UK) Employees

I have a job with a company but rather than paying me through the PAYE system they want me to provide them invoices for my hours and then I am paid directly. I have a couple of questions about this. ...
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Buying a car and learning to drive versus paying up study loans

My wife and I have two children. Soon we will have three. Neither of us know how to drive, and we do not have a car. With the prospect of having three small children, however, I think having a car ...
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Passing money through a different account to avoid cash pay-in fees

I have recently sold some company assets (not a large figure) and the buyer insisted on paying cash. My question is, my BUSINESS bank charge 0.6% on cash deposits, which is annoying - In theory, is ...
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What happens if a Financial Services Company/Stockbroker goes into administration in the UK?

In the UK the Financial Services Compensation Scheme backed by government protects savings in standard bank accounts up to £85,000 per bank. What effects might there be if a financial services ...
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Can I short a stock in UK using a shares ISA?

If not please advise on other straight forward method (hoping I don't have to open a complicated account for this). Thanks
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Is an in-kind transfer of existing shares into a Stocks and Shares ISA allowed, i.e. without selling + repurchasing?

Normally, the way to fund a Stocks and Shares ISA is to transfer money in, taking care to stay below the annual limit, and then purchase the stocks or funds from within the ISA. What happens, though, ...
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Priced out of London property market. What are my accommodation investment options?

I'm from the UK, I don't have any debt and have some savings that could get me a mortgage somewhere but not where I currently live in London. At the moment I pay low rent but I'm very keen to divert ...
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Opening UK corporate bank account remotely

I've just registered my UK limited company through "companies house" and would like to set-up corporate bank account. I've already paid for registered office service and have an UK address for my ...
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If I work abroad and earn money in that country, does UK tax apply to it?

If I earn income working abroad and it goes into a bank account not in the UK - say for example I was teaching english, would it be liable for uk tax? If the money went into a UK bank account would ...
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What to do with documents from a closed bank account?

Is there any danger in throwing away bank documents including personal information from a bank I no longer have an account with? To be more specific, I am moving from the UK to the US and have in my ...
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Am I eligible for a student maintenance loan?

I have an unconditional offer to go to University from September 2013. However, when I was looking at the finance side of it, I found that EU students (so people from a country in the European Union ...
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Can I put my personal loan into my savings account until I use it all?

We applied for a personal loan of a value that we know we have to use over a few months. Can I put it in my savings account or an ISA account until we use it all? I live in the UK. Thanks.
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How to calculate the equity owned in a jointly owned mortgaged property?

I jointly own a property with two of my sisters. When we purchased the property I put a £10,000 deposit down and was the sole contributor to this. All three of us are currently paying one third of ...
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Buy To Let Mortgage For Relative - Tax Implications - UK

My sister is just coming out the other end of a messy and protracted divorce. She has 3 children and despite many legal actions there's pretty much no hope of getting any support from the ex-husband. ...
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Return of value to shareholders in an ISA

Note I am situated in the UK. I hold a number of Vodafone of shares in a stocks and shares ISA. My broker has issued the following message to me: Vodafone has confirmed plans to sell its stake in ...
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I am not a UK citizen. What happens to National Insurance I paid, when I go back to India? Can I claim any of it back?

I am an Indian citizen currently working in UK. I pay 11% of my salary to UK National Insurance in addition to the income tax. Can I claim any of it back when I go back to India?
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With respect to life insurance, why is reversionary bonus called “reversionary”?

I've googled reversionary bonus and can see that it's a an addition to insured benefits (often made annually). But why is it called "reversionary"? Is something reverting? Who to?
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UK self assessment : Declare kiddicare vouchers?

I'm trying to fill in my self assessment form for UK Tax. Now my P60 declares the figures of.. "Pay in this period" of "50k" "Tax in this period" of "12k" (Note figures have been changed) ...
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It it legal to enforce collection of an (incorrectly) estimated tax bill

I have a friend who used to be self employed, but is now in full time employment. this was about 4 years ago, and he never bothered to de-register for VAT. Now HMRC (via a collections agency) are ...
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Freelancing to UK company from India

I am freelancing to UK clients from India and get paid in pounds. Please could someone suggest a suitable setup for this. I know I have to pay taxes in India , which I am fine with. Can I raise ...
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How do I work out my tax when I change jobs?

My question is about tax and NI when your salary changes. With my old job/salary my total deductions are roughly £400. With my new job deductions come to £500, however these figures come from the ...
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High frequency of Bank Transfers without Card Reader

I need to make a large number of bank transfers. At the moment I am doing each transfer manually through my online RBS account using a card reader. Due to this, each transfer is long and laborious. ...
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Possible outcomes of needing a Tree Report before Mortage? [UK]

Whilst applying for a mortgage on a house I've needed to get an arboricultural report due to the valuer requesting it due to some trees on the property. The report came back advising that a tree be ...
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What criteria should I think about as I evaluate UK trading platforms?

I'm totally new to investing, and I'm looking to invest in some index tracker funds. Currently I have little idea about what to look for in an investment platform. For example, does HSBC's Investment ...
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Late payment of corporation tax UK

I am hoping to hear from anyone who has experience being a single person Ltd company in the UK who has ever paid their corporation tax late by prior arrangement with HMRC i.e. letting them know I may ...
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What legal actions should I take to get tuition fees refunded after the school went bankrupt?

I applied to the Northern School of Languages in Leeds and my student visitor visa was refused. But the school has gone bankrupt, and the financial case is now handled by the Ferguson Company Ltd. on ...
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Invoice for solicitors fees when selling house in the UK

We have had conflicting information: Some solicitors take their fees (balance) prior to transfer of sale funds to seller. Solicitor must submit invoice prior to disbursement, and that seller can ...
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Do CFD providers withhold liquidity in a market panic?

My understanding of CFD providers in UK is that they try to imitate the real market action by being market makers. However, is it a risk that they may withhold liquidity in a market panic crash to ...
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What should I do with the change in my change-jar?

My change-jar is full, mostly with denominations < 50p. Last time I emptied it, I took it to a machine at the supermarket: ...but it charged me for the privilege of turning my change into usable ...
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Adding a sale condition to a new mortgage [closed]

I live in the UK and am currently looking to buy a house with my partner. The property will be about £230k towards which I will be supplying a £100k deposit and my partner zero deposit. For this ...
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Cheapest way to “wire” money in an Australian bank account to a person in England, while I'm in Laos?

A friend wired me some money when I lost my bank cards a month ago. Today I finally got my new cards and want to wire him the money back. We are both moving around the world. He was in Australia and ...
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Special bank account required for a LLC?

I've just incorporated my first LLC in the UK. I'm now looking to open a new bank account to keep my personal finances and the business finances separate. Could I sign up for say a regular Halifax ...
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Which tax year does a bonus fall under?

If I have a bonus that relates to the 12/13 Tax year but was paid after 6th April 13, which tax year should I pay tax in?
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Opening American credit cards while residing in the UK

In order to introduce the context of the question, I am a UK citizen with a good credit rating and no debts who currently resides in the UK, and do not currently own property in the US. In reference ...
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For a sole trader, what is the benefit of using a business bank account?

First of all: Are you allowed to have two personal current accounts with a debit card attached to each one? If yes, can a sole trader in the UK use the second personal account for business ...
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Loan from Canada to UK

I live in Canada. My brother in the U.K. is thinking of purchasing a house with his wife. They are both teachers and careful with their money but don't yet have money for a down-payment. I am ...
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In a rising market, is it better to opt for a fixed energy tariff or not?

In the UK domestic energy prices are on the way up - according to this page from MoneySavingExpert, energy prices may rise between 50 to 100% over the next five years. He uses this as a reason to ...
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When does a pricing error become false advertising?

If a product is advertised on a website at a certain price and you place an order which is later cancelled by the supplier because they claim the price is wrong and they do not update their website to ...
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How do pension contributions and gift aid alter your personal allowance (and hence tax code)?

I've recently got a tax coding notification through from HMRC, which shows various allowances and deductions leading to a non-standard personal allowance, and hence a non-standard tax code for the ...
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Personal Allowance in the UK - Are immigrants entitled to it?

Title says it all, can I as an immigrant have access to a personal allowance in the UK? As I understood, it's a set value of income that is not taxable. Is this for everyone or for citizens only? ...
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What is a normal amount of money to spend per week on food/entertainment/clothing?

What is a normal amount to budget for: Weekly entertainment and going out. Weekly food budget. Monthly clothing allowance. I have no idea, as I only have my mother's reckless spending (she ...
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What is the tax treatment of scrip dividends in the UK?

What is the tax treatment of a scrip dividend in the UK? Do I declare the value of shares as income or the actual value of the dividend?
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How does PayPal remove money from your credit card account?

If I transfer money between my bank account and someone else's bank account, the process is that my bank sends the money to the other bank account directly (nobody but bank A and bank B involved). But ...
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How do I avoid paying higher taxes on freelance work in the UK?

I have a day job that puts me in the 40% income tax bracket. I am doing some freelance work on the side which should bring in an additional £20,000 a year and am looking for a way to avoid paying 40% ...
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How do I find the value of British Energy Nuclear Power Notes?

I purchased British Energy shares when the company was floated on the stock exchange back in the late 90's. Now, many years on, I have ended up with Nuclear Power notes. I receive a quarterly ...
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How can my friend in the U.K. cheaply transfer money to me in Israel?

I have a friend who owe me ~600 GB pounds. I have asked him to pay me in USD. What is the cheapest way to transfer the money from UK to Israel? I have checked PayPal - 3.5% commission for ...
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What's the easiest/best way to be informed of a Director selling shares of a company on London's AIM market?

I was wondering whether anyone had anything set up whereby it would 'push' information about Director's dealings on any particular company, in this case a company on London AIM market. Is there a ...
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Teaching school kids about money - what are the real life examples of math, budgeting, finance?

Yesterday when renting a car I was listening on the radio to a discussion about introducing classes about money for kids aged 11-14. Here is an article on that topic: Financial education to become ...
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ESPP in the UK - worth it? Disqualifying / qualifying sales?

I've recently joined a company that offers a ESPP scheme and I just wanted to get a few bits of information as well as confirm that my understanding is correct. You choose a percentage that will be ...
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How to start investing/thinking about money as a young person?

I have about 10k GBP in my bank, and I know for most of you that is not a huge amount. However, I will finish university soon and I would like to have in the back of my mind about how to start ...