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How I can convince bank to proceed with chargeback for the scam broker?

I've tried to call my UK's bank to explain my situation, but as soon they've heard it's about a scam trading company, they say the chargeback doesn't apply for trading accounts according to their ...
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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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Should I stop over-paying my mortgage before moving?

In response to this question: Does Bank Manager's discretion still exist in Mortgage Lending a user ("Bryce") commented: Stop overpaying your old mortgage now. Maybe even take out a home ...
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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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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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I'm starting a new job in 20 days - can I include my future income when applying for a credit card now?

I'm starting a new job soon and moving to a new city. I've never held a credit card and want to apply for one. As with all moves there are likely to be expenses so I'd love to be able to stick them on ...
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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 ...
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UK - Closed Company, Bank has frozen the remaining funds

I recently closed my small business and left a few hundred £s in the business account with Barclays. After receiving notification that the company has been officially struck off, I contacted Barclays ...
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How does “marriage allowance” work in UK self assessment?

My wife and I have just been doing our 2017-2018 UK tax self-assessments online (yes I know... leaving it to the last minute... they are all done now though). As during that tax year my income was ...
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What is the best option for recent employee setting up a pension (UK)?

I have been a sole trader for a while and recently been employed full time, as part of the deal I have been promised an employer contribution pension but it is up to me to decide what to do. What are ...
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Refused for Debt Consolidation Loan. Why would I be denied this loan?

I have numerous maxed-out credit cards and a half-used store account and I'd like to pay them all off with a consolidation loan, to reduce the interest I'm paying and clear them all up quickly. I'm ...
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Tax due on foreign exchange element of share option program?

This is quite complicated and to be honest I'm not really expecting anyone to know the answer, but I thought it would be worth asking. Five years ago my (UK) employer's (French) parent company ...
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Shopping around for loans without detrimentally affecting credit rating/chance of getting said loan?

I've found myself stuck in a quandary. I put a deposit down on a car and I'm trying to obtain a personal loan based on this. The problem is that I'm finding that despite passing all initial checks ...
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Is there a rule of thumb for how much to save into your pension for retirement?

Pension sites often quote "Use our pension calculator to estimate the amount of pension income you could get when you retire. This will help you decide how much you need to save to get the retirement ...
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UK student loans, early repayment/avoiding further debt

I'm a current student at a university in the UK partway through my course. I've accumulated £21k of debt so far. The loan interest rate increases with inflation, and will be at over 6% next year (...
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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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If I get cash compensation for my stocks (following a merger for example) does that qualify for capital gains tax?

This is the scenario. Say I buy some shares of a company X at a certain value. Some time after this, when I am still holding the stock, the company gets acquired by some company Y and as part of ...
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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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Can credit card be used as a debit card by making payments into credit card before even using it?

I am planning to use Halifax clarity credit card abroad when I travel to Europe. The credit card offers good rates while using abroad with no transaction charge or non sterling transaction charge (...
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Where are my US/UK equities stored?

I'm currently a resident of an EU country. I have a brokerage account open with my local bank, allowing me to buy international stocks directly on the NASDAQ/NYSE/LSE and other int'l exchanges. Am I ...
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Investing in stocks & shares ISA- when to make deposits?

To start with, let me say that I am very new to investing- have no prior experience of it... Last year, I opened a stocks & shares ISA for the first time (it is a Lifetime ISA), and my intention ...
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Does it make any sense for UK private investors to hold gilts directly and outside of a tax wrapper?

According to my understanding of gilts (which is in accordance with the answers here), private investors in UK gilts paying a premium on the redemption price (for example 2% T20s currently report a ...
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How long does a retailer have to take payment?

I made an e-commerce purchase in January 2015, for which I used a credit card. The product was delivered promptly; no problem there at all; however the retailer failed to debit my account until around ...
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Making up National Insurance shortfall when working abroad

I lived and worked in the UK for several years, but now live and work elsewhere in the EEA, where I will remain indefinitely. (I have no plans to return to the UK to work or retire, but anything's ...
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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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Can I have more than one current account

Is it possible to open more than one current account in the UK? and how will this affect my credit score. I only say this as there are current accounts that pay 3% interest on balances - which would ...
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Why is my credit card not showing on my credit report?

I have just got my credit report. All seems fine, but I have noticed that there is no mention of my credit card on the report. I only have one and it is with the same bank current account. I was a ...
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What will happen to my shares if company delisted

I have shares in a UK listed company called Perform Group. It's recently been the target of a buy out by a private company, and I've received the following notification: AI PG LLC (AI) has ...
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Take new loan to pay off old one, what would you do in this scenario?

This is my current loan. Loan Amount : £11,750 Total Interest : £6,422.40 Interest Rate : 21.2% per year Total : £18,172.40 Pay per month : £306.19 Term : 60 months (5 years) I'm 2 years into the ...
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How to pay N.I contributions when both employed and self-employed?

I make less than £6k a year from my self-employed work, and N.I is taken off my employment PAYE. Should I be paying N.I contributions for my self-employed work as well?
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Should I pay off a student loan before getting a mortgage, given I have a large deposit?

I live in the UK, and have a ~£15K student loan that I started in 2007. That means that I pay extremely low interest on it (lower value of "RPI" and "Base Rate + 1%") and that I only ever pay it out ...
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When buying / selling a house in the UK, is it normal for solicitors' fees to be due before or after completion?

When we made our most recent house move (selling one house and buying another) we had to pay the solicitor's fees in advance of completion - the fees for searches etc. had to be paid upfront before ...
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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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Can I open a Help To Buy ISA if I've already opened a cash ISA this year? Are all HTB ISAs Cash ISAs?

Suppose I've opened a cash ISA this tax year, and I top it up every month. It's not yet reached the yearly maximum of £15,240. As I understand it, I can't open a second cash ISA this tax year, but I ...
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National insurance shortfall after living in Germany

I lived and worked in Germany for 17years, now i have returned to the UK. I have obtained a U1 form to confirm my state contributions to the German system, can this be used to fill the gaps in my ...
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Transferring money from Indian NRE account to UK

I am an Indian citizen with permanent resident status 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 ...
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Do I need to insure a large check when sending via mail?

My girlfriend has a bank account that is on hold because of a stolen debit card number. She recently signed a contract for 90k but has the first check in my name for 60k. She is stuck in London for a ...
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Why was I offered 6.45% APR on my first credit card?

I decided to get my first credit card last week so that I can increase my credit rating. I was kinda surprised to find out that for some reason they offered me a permanent rate of 6.45% APR. Here is ...
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Where do I pay tax if I am a UK resident but work remotely in Malta?

I will be a UK resident as of January 2016 but I work remotely for a Malta company. Specifically, I will live in London and work from my house for a Maltese company. Where do I have to pay taxes?
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How to trace a failed SEPA bank transfer

A UK bank initiated a transfer for a client of mine to my own account. The wire was in EUR and my account is an IBAN EUR account. 7 days passed and the money are not with me. They did not return to ...
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How to obtain “Negative Equity Insurance” aka “Home Equity Protection” aka “Equity Protection Policy” in the UK?

I'm searching for an insurance policy to protect against negative equity on a residential real-estate. The risk I'm trying to protect against is that house prices will fall. I'm looking for ...
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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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I paid taxes from my first day of work. Is this a problem with HMRC, or my employer?

I'm working in a warehouse in a picker position. I've been working for a year now, and my question is this: I've been paying income tax since the first day, and I worked before that for a few days ...
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Can I open a Help to Buy ISA, transferring a part of my existing Cash ISA, if I paid a small sum of money into that Cash ISA in this tax year?

I am aware that opening a new Help to Buy ISA is not possible when subscribing to another Cash ISA in the same cash year. On the other hand I've read that ISA transfers are not subject to this limit ...
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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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Can I invest in the London stock market when resident on a visa?

Can holders of a "Tier 2 Skill Transfer UK Visa" invest in the London stock market? If so, what is the procedure?
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Becoming self-employed alongside a full time job, working abroad in the UK

I am a foreigner working full-time in the UK and studying part time at Uni. I want to study full time. In my old country, I used to draw and fix computers to earn some extra money. What should I do ...