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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 ...
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If I receive donations to keep a server running, do I need to pay any taxes?

Basically I am considering starting a game server that has optional donations for people to gain little perks. All the money donated will go towards the upkeep of the server, and any excess will go ...
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Any Drawbacks To Changing ISA

I currently have an isa that I have had for many years, the freedom of its movement has been a blessing. However I recently received notice that not only will the account no longer permit standing ...
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Do I need to insure a large check when sending via mail?

My girlfriend has a bank account that is on hold because of a stolen debit card number. She recently signed a contract for 90k but has the first check in my name for 60k. She is stuck in London for a ...
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UK Defered Pension. Lump Sum or Weekly benefits?

My mother in law chose not to retire at 60 and has worked another 5 years. At the time she chose to defer her state pension and it's been increasing in value since. Now at 65, she has chosen to retire ...
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PERFORM GROUP - De-listing of stock

You had a question regarding UK stock in the Perform Group in October 2014. I am in the unenviable position of owning the same stock but did not receive any communication or information regarding the ...
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Do I have to pay UK tax on earnings from Saudi Arabia

I started working in Saudi Arabia on the 31st August 2015, I plan to resign from my job and return to the UK mid July 2015. Will I have to pay UK tax on my earnings from Saudi Arabia? I don't own ...
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If I register as self employed working freelance in evenings and weekends do I need to inform my full time employer?

I am employed full time and wish to do some freelance work as well, and as I understand it I will need to register to be self employed and fill in a tax return. Yet, would I have to inform my current ...
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Help with tax on foreign income

I am looking for some advice. My wife and I have a joint NRO account in India. Here in the UK, I am a higher rate tax payer (40%). We sold a house in 2012 and although that required tax in India, it ...
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How is monthly rent calculated for an odd term?

Is there a formula to calculate monthly rent for an odd number of days? Given that not every tenant checks in at the start of the month and checks out at the end of another month, the term of the ...
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Property Trust - who or what is the Owner?

I'm trying to work out an arrangement to use some neglected UK property held in trust by a not-very active corporation. I'm puzzled by the nature of trust ownership. In essence, who owns land held in ...
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What is the best, low risk investment I can make now?

I'm a software engineer in London, UK. I just turned 27. The past 5 years, I have put as much as I can into paying off my student loan (that is from another country) and have only just cleared the ...
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Choice between 2 false options in UK Tax rebate form

My wife stopped working in November 2014, and consequently we suspect she may have overpaid tax, and be able to reclaim from HMRC. We've found the relevant form to fill in (here, linked from this ...
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“Notification from Department for Work and Pensions” in tax rebate claim - UK

My wife stopped working in November 2014, and consequently we suspect she may have overpaid tax, and be able to reclaim from HMRC. We've found the relevant form to fill in (here, linked from this ...
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Is the UK 'Cycle to Work' scheme worthwhile?

There is a cycle to work scheme my work is offering which works roughly like so: Change some of your pre-tax salary into vouchers to use to buy a bicycle, and bicycle equipment (helmets, lights etc). ...
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Wife wants to buy me out of our house - how to do this?

My wife and I want to separate, and have agreed in principle that she will pay me half the value of the house we share and I’ll move out. As she has just inherited a large amount following her ...
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Will I be chased for debt if I move out of the UK?

I am an International Student studying in the UK. I took some loans for about £3000 from a bank while I was studying here. Since the government has abandoned PSW visa for graduates it's likely that I ...
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Are HMRC (UK tax inspectors) required to give specific notice of late filing penalties?

I'm in a difficult position with respect to HMRC. My story: just before the deadline for submitting an income tax return for the tax year 2013-2014, this January (2015) I got a letter from HMRC ...
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What is the meaning of “advice confirms” in a bank statement?

I got some money transferred from a company in the USA to my UK bank (HSBC) account and I found that it is listed as "advice confirms" in the bank statement record online. What does this mean?
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Financial loan/pension jiggery pokery?

Without my asking my bank has offered me a £10,000 loan over 3 year at 3.8% APR fixed. They say that over 3 years the total amount payable will be £10,586.52. This sounds quite good VFM. On the other ...
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UK citizen going to freelance overseas - what type of specialist should I talk to for tax/registration advice?

I'm planning to leave the UK for around 12 months and work freelance in a non-EU country. I know there are many things I need to get right in terms of registration and financial declarations, tax ...
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I am not VAT registered. Do I need to buy from my supplier with excl VAT prices or incl VAT?

I have a small e-shop and my UK registered company is not VAT registered. I am buying sprays from supplier (UK company also) but he has given me quotes without VAT, but I think I need to pay him ...
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How to represent mortgage overpayments in household budget

I keep a household budget spreadsheet, one tab of which represents our savings. Some of our savings is in traditional savings vehicles (ISAs etc.), but some of it has been used to overpay the ...
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Capital gains tax applicability if buying a House abroad

I want to sell my House in India and bring that money to UK (living here for 2 years) to buy a house in UK. It will help me securing a loan by increasing the down payment I can make. My question is, ...
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Withdrawing money abroad

I am visiting europe but i am using my local bank in my home country. My home country bank cut international withdrawal fee every time i withdraw, thts fine but what i wanted to know, when is it good ...
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What is the economically rational way to fund leasehold property management?

I am trying to find a company to manage the block of flats (apartment building) I live in. What is the economically rational way to pay for property management services, According to traditional ...
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Can you change auto-enrollment pension provider? And what happens if you change jobs?

I'm trying to figure out if someone who has been auto-enrolled in a company pension scheme can change their pension provider. I opted out of the pension provided by my company because I couldn't ...
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Selling a home in the UK to buy a home in the US

I US citizen currently live in the UK, but will be moving back to the US in the near future. I own a home in the UK, with a sizeable mortgage and a LTV ratio of about 70%. I would like to sell my home ...
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As a minor in the UK do I need to pay taxes on self-employment income, and if so how?

I run a game community which is based around Minecraft at the moment with just under 40,000 registered users and I want to expand to YouTube which is in the works and other games. We relaunched ...
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Does it count as a benefit in kind if I'm purchasing benefits with my salary?

I'm working in the UK and my job pays me a basic salary, plus a "value account" worth 25% of my basic salary. The value account can be used to purchase benefits, including medical insurance, life ...
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Is it possible to split taxation of funds earned from a crowdfunding campaign over multiple years?

I'm intending to run a crowdfunding campaign at the beginning of next year, for a project that will take a number of years to complete. I want to try to understand a little more about how any income ...
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Do I need to earn a specific amount before I can reclaim VAT as a company in the UK?

I just wondered - if I have a business in the UK is there any restrictions on claiming VAT back on items bought for the business - do I need to earn over a certain threshold as I don't earn that much ...
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Can the legal owner of a vehicle cancel a change of keeper request?

I am the legal owner of a car. I don't posses a Full UK Licence (I have a Provisional) so whilst I was waiting for my test I transferred the car to a friend (V5) which made him the registered keeper. ...
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Unable to get a mortgage with partner, can we still share the house? (UK)

My long term girlfriend are trying to buy a house together. She is an EU national but has not lived in the UK in the past 3 years. We each have half the money we need and my income is good enough to ...
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Retirement - Annuity or not?

I have a pension worth around £150k and am due to retire soon. With the new pension rules in the UK, what would be some good options to maximise my income post-retirement? Annuity - I will be ...
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Is UK house price spiral connected to debt based monetary system? [closed]

Is the monetary system's debt basis* driving government policy on housing and property, and how could this ultimately affect personal housing affordability? The UK has an ongoing 'situation' with ...
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Payslips for assistant in the UK

I operate as a sole trader. I have an assistant that I pay on a regular basis. Do I need to provide them with payslips? If so, what information is legally required to be shown on the payslip other ...