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UK: Personal finance book for a twenty-something

I am interested in learning more about personal finance. I'm in my early 20's, and I recognise that now is a crucial time to form a solid financial footprint for myself. I live in the UK, but worry ...
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Bringing money to UK for investment purposes

What are the tax implications on bringing money from abroad to UK for investment purposes on starting a private Ltd company (Rental business) and also for giving it is a loan to a actively running ...
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What is the best budgeting app you can use in the UK without a PC, in the Apple ecosystem

I'm looking for a budgeting app for someone that very, very rarely touch their PC, but have an iPad and iPhone. I love YNAB ("You need a budget"), I think it'd fit their needs perfectly, but the ...
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Is there a UK equivalent of mint.com?

I am looking for a quick online money management tool and I've read great things about Mint.com in the US. Just wondering if anybody knows of an equivalent tool in the UK? Or if mint.com will be ...
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Renting Out A Spare Room UK

I'm in the process of buying a two bed property and have a few friends interested in renting out the spare room. Looking into it, it seems this would be taxable income though there is the rent a room ...
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How can we confirm if a telegraphic transfer has been credited to the beneficiary's account?

A while ago, I made a foreign telegraphic transfer from a bank account in Bank A to another bank account in Bank B. Bank A then sent me an 2 email; one confirming that they have received my FTT, and ...
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How much should a 24 year old contribute to a pension?

Im 24 and going to set up a pension. I don't know how much to contribute. Can anyone give any advice on how much they think I should contribute? My employer doesn't offer any pension benefits and I'm ...
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Ideas on how to invest a relatively small amount of British pounds

I am of European origin and I live in the U.K, studying for my Doctorate. I have managed to save an amount of money, around 5,000 pounds. I would like to ask what people here think is the best (and ...
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What should I take into consideration when deciding whether to transfer a pension fund?

I have a pension with a previous company, and a pension with the company I am working for now. The two pensions are very similar as far as I can tell. How should I decide whether to leave the old ...
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What money is ISA interest actually calculated on?

Say at the end of year 1 I have a cash ISA with annual interest maxed out at £15,000 (I'm not certain of the exact maximum) For that year, suppose I am paid tax free interest at 2% so my balance is ...
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As a french tax resident, do I have to pay french capital gains tax on a UK property

I have had a UK property for 11 years (currently let out) I live in France and have been tax resident here for 6 years. If I sold the property today, would any Tax be due anywhere?
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Funds in closed bank account have gone to the government

My son was advised by his accountant to close his limited company and start a partnership instead. He did this but he was not told that he needed to clear the company bank account - he left this open ...
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Uk citizen working freelance for companies worldwide. Who do I pay tax to?

I'm a designer from the uk who works from home in the uk for companies here & overseas, namely the US. I've worked for a few years to these companies never with any problems, but have now been ...
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What Debtors in Current assets refers to in Abbreviated Balance Sheet?

What Debtors in Current assets refers to in Abbreviated Balance Sheet for Limited company? It's the same as Trade Debtors? Does it mean that somebody else owes the money to a company? If so, any way ...
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How can I invest my personal money in my own Limited company in the UK?

I registered a Limited company in the UK one year ago and I am the sole shareholder and sole director of the company. Now I want to invest £50k in the company so that I can buy products and rest of ...
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How does ISA allowance cumulate over time?

I don't understand how the ISA allowance cumulate (if it does) over time. Suppose I use the entire allowance for 2014. So I will have in the ISA 15k £. What happens in 2015? Suppose no P&L was ...
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Do I have to pay an advisor 3% to transfer a pot of £49,000 to another pension provider?

I am looking to re-invest a stand-alone pension (originally called an AVC pension: Additional Voluntary Contributions pension) so that I can take 25% as a tax-free lump sum and retain flexibility in ...
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What is the rationale for a separate “National Insurance” tax in the UK?

In the UK there's a type of income tax called "National Insurance", similar to regular income tax. http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/ni/ What is the rationale for having this separate income tax? How does it ...
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Will it be taxable if I transfer money from UK account to India account?

I am a resident of India and currently in UK for 1 year on a work permit where I am getting salary in Pounds. My Indian salary has stopped till the time I am back in India. Now, I have a Home Loan ...
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VAT & Tax implications of selling software

I'm having a major problem trying to find out how tax and VAT works when it comes to selling software. I believe new legislation has come in regarding how it all works. I am based in the UK and want ...
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How To Record Income As An Affiliate ( UK )

I'm registered as self employed and I now want to start a blog where I can use adverts and amazon to make a little extra cash. Now I know that I have to record anything I earn as an income but I have ...
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How are national insurance deductions calculated in the UK?

I understand that in the UK national insurance is a deduction made to your salary. I have seen this question/answer, that lists 2 very good websites that breakdown your take home pay for UK residents. ...
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Does immigrating half-way the tax year give tax benefits?

If you would immigrate in October when the tax year starts in April in the UK, would that mean you would pay less taxes? E.g. a yearly gross salary of £60k would be only £30k income in that tax year, ...
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Can I make a joint account in UK?

I am an international uni student living with a British student in UK. Due to complications in dividing money when it comes to buying groceries, we decided it would be best that we open a joint bank ...
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Is the BA Avios Visa airlines rewards card worth it?

I fly between the US and UK about twice a year - though so far I've only racked up about 16,500 Avios points with British Airways. I'm due to fly back again for Christmas and New Year. If I were to ...
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Company owners gift to employee UK

The Boss of the company I work for has just sold his company. He has now retired, but he has decided to award monetry gifts to all employees. A formula has been developed to determine a fair ...
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inheritance transfers from the world bank in uk

My girl friend says she has paid the tax on 3.6 million us dollars and is now waiting for a code of transfer from the world bank to be able to transfer funds to any account in the world. It requires ...
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UK :: Do I need to pay council tax as a student, during the summer break?

I am a full time uni student in UK. My Course ran from 2013 Sept to 2014 June and starts again in this year September. During the summer holidays, I lived in a private accommodation style property ...
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Is credit score an international thing?

I have moved from the Netherlands to the United Kingdom and credit score is a big thing here, while afaik there is no such thing in the Netherlands. Will a positive or negative credit score in the ...
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Can everybody affect your credit score?

I have been screwed over paying too much for my public transport a few times. The last 3 weeks they have auto topupped me with a disabled credit card, so now it evens out. I use a UK Blue Oyster Card ...
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What should i do regarding taxes if I am working full time and have a self employed 'freelance' work?

I have a fulltime work in UK and have an old business which give me some money every few months, I have my national insurance number as a full time worker, but now any money will come from my ...
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Should I exchange my Scottish pounds for English ones? [closed]

If Scotland becomes independent, is there a risk that Scottish pound notes will become less valuable than non-Scottish notes?
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Housewife pension options

We live in the UK. I have a job and pay into a company provided pension (with the company then paying in some extra). My wife left her job a couple of years ago and is now a 'house wife' aka ...
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Is it possible to transfer money from UK bank account to Egypt bank account?

I am working currently in UK and my HSBC uk bank told me that it is not possible to transfer from/to egypt any money, so is that really true? and what other ways I can do so?
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Is there an investment account where I can owe taxes only if the net of capital gain and dividend payment is positive?

I am planning to open an account to trade or a fund, and I am looking for a very specific legal structure. Basically, I am looking for a legal structure that allows me to receive the gross dividend ...
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How to protect yourself from fraud when selling on eBay UK

I have my Mid-2013 MacBook Air up for sale on eBay, and have already had to go through resolution processes after previous auctions were won by obvious scammers (fake PayPal emails, etc.) What I want ...
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I recently moved to the UK. Should I do something to build a credit history?

As the title says, I recently moved to the UK and obviously I don't have any credit history there but I think it would be a good idea to start building one, especially because sometimes in the (not ...
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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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How to safely pay with VISA online

Usually I can get away with PayPal for online purchases, but sometimes I come across a website that only accepts VISA card. I refuse to use my VISA card, as my account contains all of my money, and ...
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UK Contractor with Limited Company

I recently set up a limited company and have an accountant taking care of much of the financial side. I wanted an opinion other than my accountants. For the entire income I recieve from clients I am ...
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How do I divide equity following separation with cohabiting partner?

I have been in a cohabiting relationship for 20 years - we are living in a property that we have lived in for 12 years - we bought the property for £95,000 and the property is now valued at £190,000 ...
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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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How do I know my Citi credit card account number, for setting up a Virtual Account Number?

I have a credit card from Citibank, and I want to create an Online Account¹ (a virtual credit card number) but it asks me for my "Credit Card Account Number". Upon entering my credit card number ...
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Which banks / companies offer virtual or instant credit card services in the UK?

I'm looking to make a small number of hotel and guest-house reservations, and thought that generated credit card numbers with defined limits would be a good idea. Which companies provide such ...
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What regulations are in place to protect consumer's investments in UK?

I know about FSCS (Financial Services Compensation Scheme), which will cover you in case your broker defaults, but it will only cover up to 50K GBP for investments; not particularly much. What ...
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Are index trackers subject to insolvency risk?

If I invest my money in a bank account, the bank could go bankrupt and I could lose all my money - well, at least I could have in the distant past, before government deposit insurance was invented. ...
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Online transaction - Money taken out late

I recently made a transaction online using my UK current account Debit Card (maestro). Essentially I deposited money into my online account, which can the be used to play games. The website informed ...
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How do I determine how much rent I could charge for a property or location?

I am interested in investing in property. How do I go about figuring out the rent-ability of any given property? As in how do I figure out how much rent a property could get potentially on average ...
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Claim tax relief on purchase in UK as full time employee

As a full time employee in an I.T. company can I claim tax relief on purchases related to my job? My employer does not provide a laptop so I was considering buying one myself and was wondering if ...
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Can I back out from the lease before signing the contract

I was looking for an accommodation and found one. I have not signed any contract or deposited money yet. I just agree to take the place via email with the current tenant of the flat and planned to ...