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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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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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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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Implications of brexit for UK-EU personal purchases and sales

Until December 2020, I was happily in a customs union with a lot of other countries. If I needed to buy a hard disk for my computer, it was often cheaper (including shipping) or more likely available ...
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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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Do I actually need a P60 to file a UK tax return?

I want to file my tax return for last tax year as quickly as possible, as I'll be owed a refund. In the employment section it asks for information from my P60, which typically won't be issued for a ...
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Is it possible to rollover a UK SIPP retirement account to a US IRA when repatriating?

I've got a UK SIPP retirement account from being an expat working in the UK for 5+ years for an affiliate of a US employer. As I try to decide how long I'm going to stay in the UK, it occurred to me ...
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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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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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Can someone explain how government bonds work?

Can someone explain, for irresponsible investors, the maths behind government bonds as presented here? I am assuming that the "coupon" is the yearly interest paid on the original price. Since this is ...
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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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Do I have to pay taxes on income earned abroad?

I'll be making about $80,000 a year in a regular job in a company established in the U.K. I'm single with no dependents. Do I have to pay any taxes in the U.S for this income earned abroad?
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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 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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Advantage of Financial Times vs. free news sources for improving own knowledge of finance?

I am a student living in the UK and I am trying to improve my 'commercial awareness' for applying to finance related jobs. (In particular, algorithmic trading.) What advantages, if any, does reading ...
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Yahoo Finance - Data inconsistencies between historic and current data

I am having trouble with what seems like an inconsistency of units with Yahoo Finance API data. The issue relates to whether I'm getting the current price or historic price. The current price is ...
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Questions on Index fund dividends

I wanted to ask a few questions regarding Index funds and its dividends. The questions are the following: If I decided to invest 10k into an Index fund and contribute monthly around 100-200 and ...
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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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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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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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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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I have two citizenships, a different coutry of residence and I'm studying abroad. Where do I pay taxes?

Background I have dual citizenship, Italian and Belgian My permanent residence is in (mainland) Spain I'm studying at a university in the UK (specifically, Scotland) Question I recently started to ...
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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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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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Are you allowed to start paying into an ISA, transfer, and then pay into the new one?

As I understand it, you are only allowed to pay into a single Cash ISA in a given tax year. What I'm wondering is how that fits with transfers part way through the year? For example, if I open a new ...
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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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Can a company run a credit check on me without my permission?

I understand that sometimes when dealing with companies over the phone or over the counter, they need to run a credit check. I would have thought that as a courtesy they would at least tell you this ...
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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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How to protect yourself from fraud when selling on eBay UK

I have my Mid-2013 MacBook Air up for sale on eBay, and have already had to go through resolution processes after previous auctions were won by obvious scammers (fake PayPal emails, etc.) What I want ...
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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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How much dividend tax will I pay while also earning a salary?

I live in UK, I have a day time job where I earn around £26,500 per year, I am also running my own limited company, and I just received a dividend of £60,000 My accountant told me that I will need ...
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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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Can I transfer money from a personal pension to a SIPP, while leaving the original pension open?

As is fairly common in the UK with small-ish companies, my work has an agreement with a large pension provider to offer personal pensions to all employees. If you choose to open and pay into that ...
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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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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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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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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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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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UK - What are the safest options to keep more than the FSCS limit in a bank/investment company?

The Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) can compensate you if you have money in a bank/investment/pension/insurance/etc firm that has failed and is part of the scheme. For example, as of ...
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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 ...