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Questions tagged [united-kingdom]

For questions that relate to the laws, practices, and products of the United Kingdom.

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Share of new company for licencing services abroad [on hold]

Our UK ltd company is considering setting up our first international branch in Australia through an Australian partner company. As part of this, the Australian company would receive a licence ...
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Left UK with unpaid payday loan and unpaid mobile contacts, now want to apply for another student visa [on hold]

I was an international student in the UK and had left the UK in 2014 February as an international student. At the time of leaving UK i had unpaid payday loan and couple of mobile and land line ...
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Does changing debit card protect me from a scammer?

In case I have given out my CVV on the back of my debit card to a call deal that I got (so I did not call the dealer), and in case I change my current debit card worried about a scam, can the dealer ...
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Can my neighbours affect my credit report and/or credit score?

My wife and I live in a single building (in London, England) which contains three flats/apartments. We rent our flat privately (private tenants, renting from a private landlord) and the other two ...
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Understanding my company's liabilities

I am seeking to close a UK business I own but I am worried about being hit with a huge tax bill. I have been provided a balance sheet which states the following: TOTAL ASSETS LESS CURRENT ...
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How can I make the cheque for my bank account closing balance usable by someone else?

When closing my UK bank account and moving abroad, I got a cheque from my building society that states Pay MR F M ANAPHORY *********** The Sum of (Not exceeding ten thousand pounds unless ...
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Can I use LISA bonus with a Help To Buy equity loan if the property is worth more than £450k?

I'm looking to buy a flat in London. I'd had a Lifetime ISA for 2 years which I've maxed out both times (~£10k). I'm also looking to get a Help to Buy equity loan, probably for the maximum of 40%, ...
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Brexit-resistant banking [closed]

As someone who is increasingly concerned about the possible outcomes of No Deal Brexit, I would like to ensure that I have some access to funds and banking services outside the EU that's as convenient ...
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Would there be tax due on an inheritance received from a U.S. citizen that lived in the U.K.?

My mother passed away in August. She was a US citizen living in UK for 40+ years. Do my brother and I have to pay tax to bring the cash into the US? No tax had to be paid in UK. Not a big ...
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Closing company, what do to with last amount of funds?

So the business is about to be shut down and there is a little bit of funds left over in the business bank account which I do not want/need. According to https://www.gov.uk/strike-off-your-company-...
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What are the US tax implications of owning a controlling stake in a UK private limited company?

I'm currently a US resident alien. What are the tax implications of owning a controlling stake in a UK private limited company? It is unclear how complex filing is and what financial implications ...
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Paying for student loans

I am looking for some advice in paying off student loans for me and my girlfriend. As a disclaimer, I am unfortunately quite financially illiterate, but looking to improve. We are both living in the ...
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International wire transfer from US to UK

I'm planning to emigrate to the UK. I'd like to transfer my meager fortune from my local bank to a UK bank once I establish an account there. Does the US government want to know that I am taking my ...
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Paying tax in the UK for Fixed Deposit (Term Deposit) interest earned in India on NRE Account?

I am an Indian citizen (Indian domiciled via father's citizenship) currently residing in the UK. I intend to take up permanent residency in the UK when applicable but also continue to use my Indian ...
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Receiving a product after getting a refund

Last week I ordered 2 kits of impact drivers due to the unbelievably low price. The product was discounted from 300EUR to 100, so I bought 2 of them. Next day I received an email from the company, ...
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Withdrawing money from a micro entity

I own a Micro Entity company which makes around £2,000 - £3,000 profit per year. I'm the only employee in the company. I wish to start taking what you could call a salary each month of £100 - £200, ...
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Financial Planning/Investment Advice (Singapore-US related)

Hope you guys can offer some advice! I'm a Singaporean (26) just out of university and trying to think about my finances in a more structured way. I currently have Income (yearly): 7.2k mandatory ...
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If I build a new house on my plot then demolish the old house, can I transfer the mortgage from the old to the new house?

We have purchased a bungalow with land for £800,000, we have a £500,000 mortgage. We have planning to build a much larger house next to our bungalow (so the bungalow will be part of the driveway once ...
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UK Tax calculation on payment for contract serverence

I was recently made redundant from a role at a UK company. They were very reasonable about the situation and offered to pay off my 3-month notice period rather than make me work it. As a result, I ...
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Why isn't the `flat rate scheme` favourable for Limited Companies anymore?

I have been registered as flat rate scheme since 2012. At which point I kept 12.5% (working in IT) of my vat invoices. However in 2017 they changed the laws on the % I believe. My accountant said I ...
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Would high interest rates offset the issue of keeping money in a weak currency?

I am a UK resident and recently I managed to unlock an account in South Africa with FNB that my family had set up for me. The account is worth R90k (~£5k). I have no intention of moving back to South ...
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How should I charge a personal Bank Account for a Business transaction? (UK)

I am currently performing some ongoing work for a Sole Trader, where a monthly Direct Debit has been set up for the monthly fees. The Direct Debit was set up with their Business Account. Upon each ...
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Understanding the FTSE Actuaries Share Indices on the Financial Times Paper UK

I am trying to understand how to read the Financial Times FTSE Actuaries Share Indices UK. In two of the columns it says Cover and Exadj. Cover is between Dividend Yield % and P/E ratio. Exadj is ...
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Do I need to pay UK VAT for an online service paid for with a UK credit card when I'm resident elsewhere?

I want to pay for a VPN service with my UK credit card but I've recently moved to Japan. On the form I can select Japan or the UK but Japan won't charge a sales tax so it's obviously a better deal ...
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US Citizen married to EU citizen, working for UK company and remotely for US company - Taxes?

A bit confusing to word the question, but I am a US citizen with a 5-year visa allowing me to work and live in the UK full-time (family member visa - wife is EU citizen). I work remotely as an ...
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Consequences of student debt in the UK after moving to the US

My British wife went to university in the UK from 2001 to 2005. She got a student loan with SLC and was never charged anything because her income was too low. She left the UK in 2011, never earning a ...
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What Recourse Do I Have Against Fraudulent Ecommerce? [UK]

Very simple question, I'm surprised it hasn't been asked before. I bought a product form a website a month ago. They confirmed my order, took the payment and gave me an order number... and that's it....
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Disposing of unused and current check book

My bank has sent me a check book. Apparently it is a standard feature of my account, included at no extra charge. Odds are I am never going to write a check in my life. Due to dysgraphia, I have ...
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I'm supposedly eligible for an inheritance from a distant relative. Offer appears to be legitimate

About 12 months ago, I received a letter ostensibly from a company carrying out genealogical research for law firms. It said that they were dealing with the estate of someone who had left money to my ...
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Estate Agents Told Us House Requires a 50% deposit

We called an estate agent today to arrange a house viewing, shortly after they called back saying the purchase would require a massive 50% deposit so we cancelled the booking as this is out of our ...
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UK Pension transfer to the US

I'm a naturalized US citizen. When I lived in the UK, as a British citizen, I amassed a small pension pot (about 50,000GBP). Is there any way to get that money transferred to the US (into another ...
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What happens when I move my ISAs?

I’m looking at opening an ISA (stock & shares), and I started wondering what happens with the perks (tax free) when I move ISA accounts around. For simplicity let's assume that ISA allowance is ...
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Transfer of UK Savings to USA

Since their birth (10 years) I have been saving money into a tax free account for my grandchildren in a UK bank. I now wish to transfer the lump sum to them in USA. They have UK and US citizenship as ...
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Is it possible to offset a mortgage with only the appreciation of that property's value?

As in, is there a possible scenario where the appreciation of the value of a property could be greater than the mortgage payments on that property?
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Car Insurance Company Settlement Pay out at market value or price I bought it at

I live in the UK. I am currently in the process of making a car insurance claim for a vehicle that has been written off. I recently purchased this vehicle that has been written off, the vehicle ...
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How can a UK resident make small investments in non-pound assets?

I'm a UK resident and citizen, who, to provide a little security in terms of potential future currency fluctuations, would like to hold some assets that are not valued and traded in GBP. Ideally they ...
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It is worth running a limited company with low income?

I'm selfemployed but the company I work for is not allowing me anymore to be self-employed. My agency suggested me to go limited company rather then getting paid PAYE. I'm earning £20000-24000/year ...
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Do I need to pay tax if I use my own bank account for collected money for a booked hotel in the UK?

We are organizing an event in the UK and we need to book a hotel for about 200 attendees. The booking fee of about 4,000 pounds is to be shared by all the people. Since we have no company bank ...
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UK Issuing Bank blocked Debit Card. Said card was used fraudulently on ecommerce website. How can this happen?

I was using my UK bank account debit card in India, to buy few flight tickets for my inter city travel. Using my own laptop, in a co-working space. Website used : www.makemytrip.com -- is one of ...
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Gnucash vs QuickBooks for both personal and business account

I'm considering keeping track of both personal and business accounts. I'm an old user of Gnu cash and I think I could manage with it. What would be the benefit to swapping to a new cloud accounting ...
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What happens to the initial shares after opening a LTD company?

I have just opened my first LTD company in the UK, and I am trying to understand the way one goes about it. Being a self taught person I have been trying to understand how it works by reading .GOV ...
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Should I pay off my UK student debt?

I have £33K in savings and my student debt is £31k - the interest is 6.3%. I'm 23 and currently earning £40K but it's an industry with big salary jumps, and plan to go contracting so I could be on 70-...
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Moving and renting out my house

Currently I have a mortgage on my house, the mortgage is £2000. I am moving to another city, but don't wish to sell my house, the rental value is £1500. Does it make sense for me to 'cover' the £500?...
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Where is my principal place of business UK based?

I am in the process of setting up a company and trying to research everything before making the first step. Though I do not live there, I intend to register the company at my parent's address so that ...
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Gift from my Dad [duplicate]

My dad lives in India and is an Indian citizen. I am a UK citizen. My dad would like to give me and my wife a gift of around £8K each. Would I have to pay tax on this in the UK? My dad has already ...
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Capital Gains Tax allowance sharing for married couples

A husband owns a flat (mortgaged). He is selling it after marrying earlier in the year. Some capital gains tax will be payable as he no longer lives there - the couple moved into a larger place ...
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Backdating employment start date

Is it possible to officially backdate my employment start date with HMRC? I have been working part time for my current employer since April 2018 and I have just found out from my employer that he hasn'...
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Relocation confusion

In the UK the government has rules on relocation. https://www.gov.uk/expenses-and-benefits-relocation/what-to-report-and-pay It states that I do not have to report qualifying costs up to 8k. I have ...
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What’s the cheapest way to cash a US dollar cheque in the UK

I have received a US dollar cheque but I live and bank in the UK. I asked my bank (LloydsTSB) and while they will cash it, it’s very expensive. What is the best way to cash a US dollar cheque in the ...
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Electricity meter was installed, can I reduce my all inclusive rent without problems?

The rent I pay is all inclusive (room, electricity, gas, water, internet, council tax, etc) however a few weeks ago the electricity company installed a pre-payment meter because the landlord hadn't ...