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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 ...
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UK Expat with BVI company, can my company bank in the UK

I am about to leave the UK and travel constantly. I am a UK citizen but will become non resident when I leave. My business is run online and I need a business bank account within the EU to receive ...
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Do I have to pay tax both in NYC and England?

I work in London for an English company. I will move to NYC and keep working for the same English company for a few months doing researches to open a new business, and my boss would like to keep ...
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Is it possible to buy UK Consols (perpetuities)?

I remember learning about UK Consols in my finance class when we were discussing perpetuities. Consols apparently still exist and pay 2.5% perpetually. If I could buy a small one, I think it would ...
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What are my options for personal finance software in the UK?

I want to start tracking my personal finances. I'm located in the UK and most of my bank accounts are here. What are my options for software to help me track my finances, specially something that ...
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Is it possible to use part of my pension to pay loans, or to opt out of the pension scheme altogether for a few years until my loans are paid?

I have so far worked in Singapore, Norway, and now in the UK. My knowledge about pension scheme in general is very limited. What I only know is that part of my gross salary goes to tax and part of it ...
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What should I do with a low value pension that I probably won't contribute any more to?

About 7 years ago I was employed by a small company. They set up a pension fund for me which I contributed to while I was employed there. When I eventually left the company to study, I found out that ...
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Creating a Limited company while still fully employed

I am thinking of doing contracts instead of full time employement in the IT sector. I have researched that I can go Limited and employe an accountant for all the TAX, Payrol and Dividedns. I have not ...
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Using a house for collateral

We are looking for a buy to let mortgage but only have 15/20% deposit and as first time buyers most lenders are looking for 75% LTV so one financial advisor recommended using another property (Parent) ...
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Tax implications of gift from UK to US

My grandfather is advancing in years and has moved in to an senior citizen's home. He has decided to sell his former home and distribute the proceeds between his descendants. He is a resident and ...
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As a UK entity, how to contract with a U.S.-based contractor? Implications for tax/VAT?

Being an organisation incorporated in the UK, if we wish to engage the services of a contractor living and working in the USA, what are the implications for e.g. tax and VAT? Do we need to pay the ...
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How to exchange a heavy box of mixed-denomination coins? [duplicate]

I'm living in the UK and I'm about to move flat. In the five years in my current flat I've accumulated around 20kg of mixed coins - from £0.05 to €2 at a glance. Are there any easy ways to exchange ...
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If I default on my mortgage do I get my deposit back as a % of the sale of the property?

Say I put down 50% deposit on a house (in the UK), and the other 50% is provided through a mortgage, what happens if I default? Does the bank walk away with the property and the potential of selling ...
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ISA trading account options for US citizens living in the UK

I am looking for an ISA trading account that can be opened by US citizens that are UK residents. There seems to be a general trend towards brokers in the EU not wanting to do business with US ...
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Giving someone else access to a bank account in the UK, any dangers?

I need to give someone else access to a bank account to easily manage shared expenses. That is, allowing them to log in into ebanking. I'm planning on using a bank account I already have under my name ...
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declaring payments to a credit card for a shared expense

Long story short: I was travelling abroad with work and we ended up with a large bar tab (over £1500 - don't ask). The company credit card was declined so I paid for it on my personal card. My ...
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Undestanding the new UK Pension laws

I have this scenario and I am having problems understanding how this scenario fits into the upcoming pension laws (mentioned in the latest budget). A man who is 66 now and 67 on the 8.11.14 has ...
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Adding expenses to sage payroll as tax free amount or on P11D

Hopefully this is the correct forum for this. I have some members of staff that are on Umbrella PAYE. This means they are able to have expenses removed from there original gross in order to then ...
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What exactly are the SEIS tax benefits and how can I use them?

I'm hoping that someone that understands the UK tax system better than I do can help explain in what way I can benefit from SEIS approved investments. I'm especially interested in understanding if ...
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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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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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UK: ISA or regular savings account?

I am not a very savvy investor, am new to ISAs and was wondering: where would be the best place to put £10,000 right now (March 2014)? ISAs have tax benefits, but in general don't seem to beat ...
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How to bet against the London housing market?

A lot of people are talking about a property bubble in London and I was wondering: how could you short the property market and bet on a crash? Is there any obvious way? Basically, how could someone ...
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How to Store Funds Generated through Gambling

I am developing an sophisticated automated betting application. Initial tests show that it is likely to operate well and at a profit. I am in full-time employment and pay full tax on my earnings. This ...
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How do I compare contract hourly rates with permanent/employed yearly rates, (in UK)

I am thinking of contracting, but do not know how to compare contract (inside and outside IR35) with permanent rates, within the United Kingdom (specifically England). So far I have considered: That ...
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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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Do UK tax rules allow you to hold Bitcoin in a SIPP?

Do United Kingdom tax rules allow you to hold Bitcoin in a self-invested pension plan?
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Am I entitled to get a maintenance loan?

I have an conditional offer from a university, course starting in September 2014. I have the UK nationality, but have only lived there for one year (I left when I was about one year old), and am now ...
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Spending arrangements for a dependent student studying abroad

I live in the U.S., and my daughter will be starting college in England in the fall. She is financially dependent on us, has no credit history, and will not have a job while she's in college. We'll be ...
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How to pay N.I contributions when both employed and self-employed?

I make less than £6k a year from my self-employed work, and N.I is taken off my employment PAYE. Should I be paying N.I contributions for my self-employed work as well?
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UK self-employed freelancing in Japan. Who do I pay tax to on my earnings?

I am registered with HMRC in the UK as self-employed. In July I will be going to Japan on a working holiday visa. Whilst in Japan I intend to freelance remotely for companies in the UK and Japan. My ...
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Is the FTSE 100 mini futures contract still traded?

The FTSE 100 index futures is currently traded on LIFFE. Also, this press release claims that Mini FTSE 100 index futures would also be traded on LIFFE. Other than this press release, I cannot find ...
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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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VAT on refundable deposit

I have recently signed contract to let small office space, agreeing to pay the refundable deposit to cover any damage I would make. The company issued the invoice for the deposit including 20% VAT. ...
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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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Are Americans in as much personal debt as the British? Are the sources of debt much different?

I recently came across an interactive infographic for the U.K. about personal indebtedness and was shocked at many of the stats in regards to personal debt — e.g. the UK national average ...
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Sage Instant Accounts or Quickbooks?

I am a small business, single employee IT contractor looking for accounting software to do my annual returns and vat returns in the UK. I've researched a bit about QuickBooks and Sage Instant ...
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(United Kingdom) Multiple Stock ISAs?

I have a simple question that I couldn't find the answer to elsewhere: If you hold a stock ISA and reach the FSA protection limit (£50k/individual) in invested monies, is it then okay to (next tax ...
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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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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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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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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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Paying UK tax when working remote for a US company

I'm currently employed by a US company and I'm working remotely from the UK (I'm a UK resident). In my previous employment tax was deducted automatically from wage however tax isn't being deducted ...
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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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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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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 ...