Category Archives: General financial information

Tax information for British expats – the Personal Allowance

The UK has a progressive tax system and so the rate of tax payable increases as income increases. All UK residents have a Personal Allowance which means that the first part of their income is free from UK income tax.  For … Continue reading

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Seasonal Spending – hints and tips for a happier Christmas & New Year

As we head rapidly towards the end of 2018 the prospect of Christmas and New Year is daunting for many due to the cost of the celebrations. With Christmas being as much a cultural as a religious event for most … Continue reading

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10 tips for dealing with debt in the UAE

It is sadly all too common for people to get into debt whilst living in the UAE, for multiple reasons, so this article is designed to give you the steps to work through to deal with any debt problems you … Continue reading

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UK Autumn Budget 2018 – the facts for expats

This is just the second UK Autumn Budget and unusually it was on a Monday, the first time since 1962.  Budgets are normally on a Wednesday but that would fall on Halloween this year so too much of a gift … Continue reading

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How to save money on your currency transfers

Most expats have a need to move money between currencies and it makes sense to find a way to do this securely, easily and where you can save money. The online services offered by retail banks are rarely competitive and … Continue reading

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Credit cards – friend or foe?

Credit cards are a fact of modern life but are they friend or foe? Should you have one, or are they to be avoided? When used sensibly and responsibly they can be a useful tool with benefits but too often … Continue reading

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Higher education costs – the facts and how to plan

The days of most expats having their children’s school fees paid for them are gone and even if you have an education allowance as part of your salary package it will stop once they finish secondary school. If they then … Continue reading

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