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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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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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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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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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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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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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UK tax for partial residents

During the 2019/2020 tax year, I worked as a full-time employee in the UK for only 3 months and left the country 1 month after that, in August. I then moved back home in Romania and continued to work ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Does Bank Manager's discretion still exist in Mortgage Lending

UK-Based Once upon a time, banks gave mortgages based on the branch manager having known Joe Bloggs for 20 years and making a judgement call about whether he was good for the money. These days ...
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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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How do I arrange a private mortgage between myself and a trusted individual?

I live in the UK. Specifically, how do I draft a loan agreement that provides basic safeguards for borrower and lender (very basic safeguards, as we're talking about an intra-family loan and the level ...
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Quotes for work by a tradesman in the UK: rules for VAT?

If I receive a quote for work from a tradesman, and this quote is supplied as a document (PDF) which does not mention VAT as being either includes or excluded, can the tradesman later say that it didn'...
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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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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 [closed]

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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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 long I should pay the mortgage to break even when selling? (is 2 years enough)

Some basic assumptions: London real-estate market is very expensive. I used mortgage calculators "how much I could borrow". I cannot borrow enough to buy a home in an area I want to live in long term;...
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How to maximise savings?

I am in my late 20s, living in the UK, and in my third year of professional work (one year industrial placement, two years since graduating from University). I have very little in the way of monthly ...
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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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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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UK income tax relief on pension contributions (higher rate)

My question is regarding UK tax relief on pensions, and there are a couple of questions. Say I earned £52,385, exactly £10k over the UK higher rate tax band of £42,385. My provider would usually claim ...
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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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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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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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What to do with spare cash, in the short term?

I live & work in the UK. Having pretty much exhausted all of the avenues I can find for saving (none of which have great returns anyway at the moment, obviously), I have recently started looking ...
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If you want to buy a house but you also think value will drop… is there something you can do to alleviate the risk?

Disclaimer: yours won't be fiscal advice. People involved will consult a professional before doing anything. This is just to gather some preliminary information. Situation: you want to buy a house ...
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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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Realistically, how much do you need to start investing?

I don't have a lump sum but may be able to set aside £2k-3k per month. I am already paying into a pension fund but that seems unlikely to go far. Yet I think it's a good safeguard. Can I start ...
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I’m 18 years old and want to finance a £30,000 car [duplicate]

I'm 18 years old and I've always wanted an Audi Q5. Currently, I'm working full-time. I earn £28,800 annually and that will be due to go up soon. The car I've had eyes on costs £31,789. The monthly ...
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Tips on making a best and final offer

Me and one other buyer have been asked to make our best and final offers on a house after us both making initial offers. I believe I am in a good position as stated here and I will reiterate this to ...
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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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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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Mortgage adviser recommends a longer term than necessary combined with overpayments

My wife and I are currently househunting and have, as part of this process, had a preliminary meeting with a mortgage adviser. They asked all the expected questions about finances to see what our ...
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Second (easy access) account in case my bank screws up

Sometimes banks screw up. At the moment I have a single login with a single bank (various accounts inside). I'm not that rich, so that's no biggie. I'm under the personal savings insurance limit, and ...
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Do I have a right to cancel a purchase of foreign currency in the UK?

A few days ago I ordered 100 Euros using a travel agents website, to be picked up in their store and paid for them in GBP by debit card. I noticed just after that they aren't open on Sundays, meaning ...
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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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Is CFD trading a good idea?

I am planning on speculating in forex and possibly indices, however due to my lack of experience I don't want to invest too much. With £100, you can't really get very far with indices, and profit ...
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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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In the UK what are citizens legally obliged to do (in order to not be fined)

What government stuff do you need to do in the UK? I have heard the following terms in passing: ['council tax', 'electoral register', 'tax return', 'P60', 'Jury duty'] and I am now aware that I ...
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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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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 ...