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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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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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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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Can I make use of my wife's unused personal tax free allowance to reduce our income tax?

I'm working full time (UK) and my wife is unemployed. Is there a way (legal of course!) for us to take advantage of her personal tax free allowance? If we were each earning only half my salary, we ...
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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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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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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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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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What pension options are there for a 22 year old graduate in the UK?

Following graduation last July, I've managed to save quite a significant amount of 'emergency wonga', for those rainy days or, more likely, the catastrophic end to my job. Anyway, now that I have a ...
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What should a 21 year old do with £60,000 ($91,356 USD) inheritance?

I'm turning 21 years old soon and have an inheritance coming into my control to the value of approximately £60,000. I'm full-time employed, as a Software Developer in a Financial Services company. I ...
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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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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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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 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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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 while I was studying here. Since the government has abandoned PSW visa for graduates it's likely that I will move ...
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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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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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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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Tax on Money transfered to India from UK?

I'm from India came to UK on Feb 4th 2014 and I will be in UK till Sept 30th 2014. I'm earning money in Pounds, and paying tax as per UK tax policy. I could save some money which I transferred to ...
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Tax on NRE account

I am an UK citizen. I opened a recurring monthly fixed deposit Indian NRE account at 9% interest for 10 years. No tax in India and repatriable. My first question is do I have to pay tax in the UK ...
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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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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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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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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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US or UK based ETF Index funds for UK investor?

I would like to invest in ETF Index funds. Vanguard funds have cheapest MER, around 0.2% and it was my initial choice, but then I've learned about some tax complications which I still don't ...
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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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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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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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I'm contracting from London for a company based in Paris, and they require Proof of Residence for my Ltd Company. Where can I get this?

I've already gone through the process to obtain a "Proof of Residence" letter on the HMRC website. Once the application was completed, the email I received stated about applications in general that ...
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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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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 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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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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What is a best way to take earned money from abroad to India?

I am a Indian citizen. I am going to work in UK for some years. I am looking a best way to send my earned money to india. the options are, 1) Saving the whole money in UK and get back all in a bulk, ...
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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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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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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 ...
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How can I get a mortgage I can't afford?

There is a house that we are really keen on buying. So, I went along to a mortgage advisor who did some quick checks and he came to the conclusion that the house was about £10k more than any mortgage ...
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How long does a Postal Check (postal order) take to clear?

How long does a postal order take to clear? 7 days? Or is it instant?
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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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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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Receiving $10,000 grant from U.S company as a UK citizen using W-8BEN form, how much is taxed before and after using a tax treaty?

I'm going to be travelling to America to take part in a fellowship/scholarship/training program ran by an American company. I am a UK citizen. I am receiving a $10,000 grant from the U.S company and ...