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Buying a UK property but from another country

My sister in law is looking to buy a UK property as a holiday home, she lives in Norway, other than our normal buying costs, is there any other taxes or fees she has to pay as a non UK resident ?
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Pensions, annuities, and “retirement”

I already knew about pensions, but I’ve just heard of annuities today. The DifferenceBetween.net article “Difference Between Annuity and Pension” says, A difference that can be seen between ...
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Should I/Can I consolidate multiple company pensions?

I've been paying into pensions since I got my first job after leaving university. I've changed jobs 4 times over 10 years and I now have a scattering of company pensions from various providers. So ...
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Are there any tax advantages to having a company car over a car allowance?

I've just got a new job. Part of the deal is a car allowence or a company car. I'm planning on taking the money (I've recently bought a new car so I'm not really that interested in a company car). ...
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Taxes for a UK citizen interning in the US for 3 months

I am a student and UK citizen. This summer I will be interning in the US for 3 months on a J-1 visa. The internship is paid and my salary will be paid into a US checking account. I understand that ...
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Can a foreigner open a bank account in the UK?

I am from Hungary and I will visit the UK for about a month (just for fun). I would like to open a bank account there. Can I do that? What are the latest regulations? Are there any special ...
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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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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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How does my higher rate tax on savings interest get paid. **UK, pre-2016**

I earn over £42k, the limit for higher rate tax. See here. This means I have to pay higher tax on my savings accounts. See Here. Higher or additional rate taxpayers You must pay extra tax on ...
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How to find a suitable investment product for my ISA?

I'm looking for a specific kind of ISA product and simply can't find what I want. Here are my requirements: An ISA (I don't mind what type so long as the rate's 1.5%+) Lump sum initial payment (from ...
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UK - Borrowing house deposit from parents

We are thinking to buy a house and our parents would like to help us with the deposit (as we don't own that sum). The idea is to give the money back someday. Now the questions: How do my parents ...
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How do you Record Revenue from ads?

I have a website with an increasing traffic so I decided to make it as a business and add ads into the website. I'm currently in the process of registering my business and I don't get how would I ...
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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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Should I pay off a student loan before getting a mortgage, given I have a large deposit?

I live in the UK, and have a ~£15K student loan that I started in 2007. That means that I pay extremely low interest on it (lower value of "RPI" and "Base Rate + 1%") and that I only ever pay it out ...
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Is there a way to buy raw oil today and sell it in 1 year time?

Is there a way to buy raw oil today and sell it in 1 year time? I would like to do so from the United Kingdom. EDIT: I mean buying shares of oil or whatever other form.. I just want to own it ...
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First time buyer interested in buy-to-let, bad idea?

I'm a first time buyer, living at home, on a good salary of around £25k and with no major committments. I would like to get a mortgage and get on the ladder, but I'm quite content living at home, and ...
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Will dipping in to savings affect mortgage possibillities?

I currently have 2 accounts; a savings, and a current. Each month I have an amount transferred over to the savings. Since I have saved for a number of years now I have enough for a reasonable deposit ...
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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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Transferring money from Indian NRE account to UK

I am living in the UK and I need to get some money from India to UK to purchase a property. My father will be gifting me the money and he has the money in his NRE account(he is NRI).IS there any tax ...
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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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do I need to close my existing ISA if I plan to open a “Help to buy ISA” in the Autumn?

I currently have a cash ISA. I'm very interested in the new Help to buy ISAs that are supposed to be arriving in the Autumn as I am saving in my existing ISA for a house. The interest rates are much, ...
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Student Loan versus Cash ISA

I have taken out a UK student loan several years back whilst studying, it was interest free at the time, but now a low interest of 1.5% APR has kicked in. I have scraped together enough to pay this ...
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Is there any possibility of doing an equity release deal on a property you don't (currently) own?

There are various equity release schemes to let you release some of the tied-up value in a property you own, see eg. http://www.equityreleasecouncil.com/faqs/ Is it ever possible to jointly purchase ...
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How to withdraw money from currency account without having to lose so much to currency conversion?

I'm trying to withdraw some money from Barclays currency account, but I don't know how without losing so much on the unfair conversion rate. For example, I've found the following rates (as per ...
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How can I diversify investments across currencies in ISA?

Is it possible to diversify investment in ISA by buying foreign currency, funds denominated in other currency than GBP, or other investment product that can hedge GBP value moves?
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Personal bank account for non-resident in UK

I have just received a job offer in the UK (for a UK company) and i want to open a personal account with a UK bank to receive my salary and avoid international fees. I've read around the web about UK ...
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Received Stock options as UK Employee, however exercised the stock as a Canadian Employee. What is my tax liability?

I work for a global company. As a UK resident, my company awarded me stock options & Restricted stock. The stocks is traded on the NYSE. I exercised the stock in Canada. I transferred to the ...
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I'm working in London and I'm earning in GBP how can I transfer the money to India what taxes would be incurred

Kindly inform me how could I transfer the money from UK and I'm working there for 4 years and does it cost the tax and how much.
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Do I need to pay tax if I earned 10 pounds interest from peer-to-peer investment?

If I earned 10 pounds in tax year 2014/15, do I need to pay tax? I just started investing in Funding Circle, I earned few pounds. This just looks silly to pay tax from 10 pounds but maybe that ...
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What's the difference between “Index” and “Accumulation” tracker funds?

Here are two trackers running on the same index: http://www.morningstar.co.uk/uk/funds/snapshot/snapshot.aspx?id=F00000OOAW http://www.morningstar.co.uk/uk/funds/snapshot/snapshot.aspx?id=F00000OOAV ...
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United Kingdom: Where to save money for a property deposit

I'm currently 22, and I would like to buy a property at some point in 5-10 years, once I can afford the down payment (deposit). I live and work in London England, so for this example, assume my ...
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How can I sell INTEL covered calls?

As shown in this picture, how do I execute the strategy highlighted in yellow? I am based in the UK. Source: http://seekingalpha.com/article/274231-intel-dividend-champion-in-the-making (10/6/11)
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Buy to Let - Daughter-in-Law

My son and daughter-in-law are currently separated. They have 2 kids, and I have a great relationship with my daughter-in-law. I have had a relative die, and she is paying over the odds for rent, so I ...
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As a contractor, should I overpay my mortgage or contribute to a pension?

My specific situation is:- Early 30s Software contractor via a ltd company Resident in Scotland Higher-rate taxpayer Mortgage at ~5% (variable 4.5% above BoE), LTV about 75%. I'm allowed to overpay ...
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UK - reclaim VAT on purchases for freelance work

I have a small freelance income in addition to having a day job. It's enough that I need to file a tax return for the extra money that I earn. My freelance work necessitates a reasonable outlay in ...
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Work on the side for my wife's company

I have a job in the UK where I am in the 40% tax band. I have the opportunity do some freelance work (web site building) in my spare time. My wife does not work. Could I set my wife up as a sole ...
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Am I a tenant in common by mortgaging my share?

If I mortgage my share of the property and later pay off the mortgage, am I a joint tenant now or tenant in common?
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How should I decide in what order to sell shares from different lots?

I get a number of shares in the company for which I work every year, so I have a number of shares that had various values when I acquired them. When I sell a portion of my shares, I have various ...
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UK taxation for options and futures trading

I live in UK and I see that there are 2 taxes when trading: CGT to be paid on capital gain and is 18% or 28% depending if you are basic tax payer or not income tax on any interest or dividend ...
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How to increase my credit score

I have a bank account in UK since 9 months ago, and just have a debit card, didn't buy anything with credit before. I have a pay monthly mobile sim card, Today I went to buy a new mobile with pay ...
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Investing in EIS and SEIS

Does anyone have experience with EIS or SEIS-qualifying investments? I know the principle , I've seen a lot of videos on YouTube but how does it work for real? for example: - I'm investing money on ...
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Do I have to pay tax on my last pay check which is the first of the tax year?

I am leaving my job and permanently emigrating from UK to USA. My last pay check will be just after the new tax year in April. Due to some bonuses etc I've accumulated over the years but never cashed ...
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UK Income tax relief for ISAs: How does the sheltering of earnings work?

I have been led to believe that earnings may be 'sheltered' by placing some amount of them into an ISA. I've not been able to find a great deal out about this, and I don't have a personal accountant. ...
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Investment Options for 14-year old?

I'm 14, and a relative has recently died, leaving me ~£4000 in their will. My parents have said they would recommend me investing it in Premium Bonds, but I was wondering if there were any investment ...
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[UK] What are the consequences of transferring ownership (not selling) a vehicle on tax, licensing and future resale value?

Many cities in the UK won't sell more than one parking permit per person. I didn't realise this when buying a second car and now need to transfer one of them into my wife's name (who uses one of the ...
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Can my U.K. limited company buy real estate in an other country? [on hold]

Can I invest in real estate in another country? What are the limits, the rules, the things to know...?
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As an investor, should I care about voting rights and pre-emption? (UK)

I am interested in investing some of my money in a few companies in exchange for equity. I am undecided if I should, for example, invest £5,000 in one company and have voting rights and pre-emption or ...
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Whats tips do you have for someone beginning to invest in property?

For a first time investor interested in investing in property, what are the options? Would they be better off buying their own home and holding it for capital growth, or a buy-to-let property they ...
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Investing in trust for someone else

Suppose I have a sum of money that I have invested in a bare trust for an under-18 year old child. I am not the parent of the child but I am a relative. As I understand it, it is my duty to: a) make ...
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In the UK, what counts as realised profits for dividend purposes?

I am a director/shareholder of a limited company. I would like to know which of the following assets count towards realised profits and are therefore available for distribution through dividends. I ...