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

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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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How can I protect my savings against inflation? [UK]

How can I ensure that my savings keep up with inflation, even after any tax due is taken off the returns?
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Do I pay tax on a gain made from a currency exchange following a house sale in USA

I bought a house in the US in about 2010 and used it as a holiday home for my family (it was never rented out). In around 2013 I sold the house, which after paying the estate agents fees and leaving ...
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Easiest way to diversify savings

Finance has always been a bit of a black art beyond current and savings accounts, so I'm hoping this makes sense. In light of the possibility of Britain leaving the EU (that isn't the actual reason, ...
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Is this broker a scam?

I was contacted by a 'broker' in January, they said they're based in Switzerland (I'm based in the UK), and they asked to invest some money (as minimum as $1000). They told me that my platform would ...
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Currently sole owner of a property. My girlfriend is looking to move in with me and is offering to pay 'rent'. Am I at risk here?

I currently own a flat (UK) and have a mortgage for said flat. My girlfriend is looking for a place to stay and it would seem mutually beneficial that she stays with me. She has offered to pay 'rent' ...
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Which is more advantageous: Lifetime ISA or SIPP?

I should preface that I am a self employed sole trader in my early twenties, and a basic rate taxpayer averaging somewhere between £28-32,000 per annum. The variation not only arises due to the nature ...
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Should we buy a house, or wait?

I am a 22 year old currently renting accommodation with my partner in the UK, and we are wondering if now is a good time to buy a property, and whether or not we can afford it. As background, my ...
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Calculate Income Tax amount of UK Salary

I've recently been trying to calculate different take home amounts from different salaries, and have ended up getting confused over how the different tax brackets work. If I try to calculate the ...
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My girlfriend has never owned a house, I have, can she get a help to buy isa?

this is a follow on from my previous question: What is the definition of a “first time buyer” with relation to the UK “help to buy isa”? So the Help to buy ISA has arrived. Having had a read though ...
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Money transfer to the U.K

Has anyone used a peer-to-peer option for sending money abroad? I pay a mortgage in the U.K. and am looking at the likes of CurrencyFair or Transferwise to exchange my Euro. Are there any hidden ...
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Remittance of gift money from Indian bank account to UK bank account

I was born in India and came to the UK 11 years ago when I was 20 years old. I'm a British Citizen and hold a UK bank account. I also have an Indian bank account which is managed by my father in ...
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24% tax on first pay in the UK?

Quite a similar thread to others I've seen here - hope I'm not repeating the same questions again! I just got my first payslip after arriving in the UK and noticed that the tax is far higher than ...
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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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What I can do to offset a bad fixed-rate mortgage?

My mortgage came up for renewal right at the time in 2009 when UK interest rates hit rock bottom. This was unprecidented, and most financial advice was to take out a fixed-rate mortgage. So I perhaps ...
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Money from my parents from abroad to my bank account in UK

I am from Japan. I have moved to UK recently on a spouse visa. I still have my Japanese bank account which I have been using even before I came to UK. I have saving in that account and also my ...
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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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My friend wants to put my name down for a house he's buying. What risks would I be taking?

My good friend, who I have known since we were kids, asked me for a favor today. He originally intended to get a house with his now ex-girlfriend so that he could invest in one and later on, sell it. ...
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Online Foreign Exchange Brokerages: Which ones are good & reputable for smaller trades? [closed]

I've been recently looking at some of the online (electronic) foreign exchange brokerages out there, mainly out of curiosity. However, swamped by the choice, and despite having a somewhat decent idea ...
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What are some good, easy to use personal finance software? [UK] [closed]

I've looked at various personal finance management software, but all seem far too complex / over the top. I've tried Microsoft Money, that was too heavy. Also tried GNUCash (free open source) and ...
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When will the U.K. convert to the Euro as an official currency?

When will the United Kingdom switch to using the Euro? The main group of European countries have adopted it as a common currency and it appears this is the future direction. If not, what are the ...
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Car insurance (UK) excludes commute to and from work, will not pay on claim during non-commute

My girlfriend was recently involved in a crash where both parties are claiming it was not their fault. She took out a policy with an insurance company called GoSkippy whose brokers are Eldon ...
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'Gifting' a house in the UK

In UK news recently, there has been much talk about so called 'dementia tax', that is, the government using assets (such as property) to pay for social care in old age. Whether or not people should ...
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UK Student Loan Repayments

This is something I’ve always wondered about and have never really found a satisfactory answer. Maybe I've misunderstood how student loans work. I've completed a Uni course (plan 2) after borrowing £...
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What is the process of getting your first share?

Hello I'm 21 years old and I recently moved to London currently employed as an Salesforce Administrator at Heathrow Airport. Everyone here talks about owning shares investing in different types of ...
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Which UK banks have an account that features free online incoming/outgoing international wire transfers and no monthly charges? [closed]

This is a similar question to US bank w/ free online incoming/outgoing international wire transfers, no monthly charges, online application in relation to the UK. Which UK banks have an account with ...
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A friend wants to use my account for a wire transfer. Is this a scam or is it legitimate?

I have a friend since July online and Exxon owe him for a balance on a 2014 contract off the shores of Liverpool. He is presently in the Gulf of Mexico completing a contract that last for one year. ...
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What's the correct formula to calculate my monthly wage (deducting UK Income Tax and National Insurance)?

For a given salary, how do I work out what would be paid into my bank each month? The Income Tax part is explained for the main part in this question, but I can't make sense of the National Insurance ...
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Why don't bond makers just get loans?

I was just looking at investment opportunities, and I found a number of places offering bonds paying up to 12% interest over two years. My first thought was, I can get a loan from my bank for 5% ...
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Double taxation on Americans working abroad?

I am an American. I am currently living in the UK. The UK will tax me on my income here. The US will also tax me on my income if I make more than a certain amount. Can anyone tell me what that ...
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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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How do UK Gilts interest rates and repayments work?

I'm looking at UK Gilts and trying to understand how the interest rates and repayments really work. As I understand, if I buy £100 of a "5% Treasury Gilt 2020" it means I will get 5% interest each ...
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How can a retailer automatically get details of my new payment cards

I recently found out I got tangled into some sort of scam which I wrote about it this question. The other mysterious bit of it is that the scammers were able to hold on to my new card details even ...
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Mortgage implications if I were to quit my job shortly after being approved?

I'm in a situation where I'm building my business around a regular job. As it stands the max I can borrow is about £46,000 (damn UK, I earn half of that/year!), based on my current salary. I would ...
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Pension LTA (Life Time Allowance) limit criteria

I've been reading about pensions and specifically the LTA (Life Time Allowance), and after spending days reading everything anyone has to say about it, the only thing I'm sure of is that there are ...
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Contracter with day job - limited company dividends

I currently have a 'day job' as a web designer. I am considering taking on some freelance work which I have been offered and this would be completed in evening/weekends whilst also retaining my day ...
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What effect will Brexit have on EU-wide Deposit Guarantee Schemes (e.g. FSCS)?

Across the EU, the Deposit Guarantee Schemes Directive1 (DGSD) requires member states to operate at least one scheme to provide protection for deposits with regulated financial institutions within ...
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How to start investing/thinking about money as a young person?

I have about 10k GBP in my bank, and I know for most of you that is not a huge amount. However, I will finish university soon and I would like to have in the back of my mind about how to start ...
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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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In the UK is it illegal for banks to open current accounts for non-residents/tourists?

To phrase it another way, if a Singaporean tourist walks into a MetroBank or HSBC branch in London, would the bank be allowed by the FCA to open a current account (at the branch managers discretion ...
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Capital gains tax and HMRC. What is the definition of a lodger and is there a difference between a friend staying a few months and a lodger?

I have two friends living with me and they only pay bills (no rent) and I wondering if I would be liable for CGT on the period they live there? I don't take any rent from them at all and they are ...
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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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What is the dividend tax rate for UK stock

I had purchased some UK stocks from London Stock Exchange. May I know, what is the dividend tax rate by UK government for UK stocks, on foreign investor (I am from Malaysia)?
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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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What is the definition of a “first time buyer” with relation to the UK “help to buy isa”?

I'm very interested in the soon to be released "help to buy isa". I'm unclear on the definition of a first time buyer. I have owned a house (with my ex wife) but I am no longer on this mortgage, ...
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How are UK PAYE Tax tables calculated?

I am trying to workout how the UK tax tables are generated. If you look at the monthly tables from HMRC: Month £ diff 1 533.46 533.46 2 1066.93 533.47 3 1600 533.07 4 2133.46 533.46 ...
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How to recover years of monthly payments to a scam website? (UK)

Not sure if this is the best place to ask the question. It's kind of related to finances. I somehow got tangled into a scam (in my opinion) called completesavings.co.uk I found out that somehow 3 ...
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Why would a company issue a scrip dividend and how will this issue affect me?

Barclays in the UK have sent out a leaflet recently (online version) saying they are moving to a Scrip Dividend programme. The FAQ does its best to answer questions but still uses a lot of jargon and ...
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If a US citizen works in Europe as a consultant, what are the tax consequences?

I am US citizen and professional software consultant. If I get a contract position, lets say in the UK or Switzerland for a European company, do I pay taxes to that country, or to IRS? Does it matter ...
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In the U.K., can I deduct coffee as a business expense if I work from cafés?

I have a U.K. limited company of which I am the sole director and employee. I work from home most days, but I occasionally work at a local coffee shop when I need to get out of the house. Can I claim ...