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Old Mar 14th 2018, 10:42 pm
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Default Transferwise (or others) to move just over $10k

I want to close my British accounts since they just sit there I would like to see the cash this side of the pond.

The amount is just over $10k and is in two separate accounts, I assume I will move all of it into one and use Transferwise or others to get it to the US? The UK account is in my name, the recipient account is joint in mine and my wifes name. Any potential issues there?

Are there any reporting burdens I should be aware of (minus the FBAR)?

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Old Mar 14th 2018, 10:47 pm
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Default Re: Transferwise (or others) to move just over $10k

No problems. Your US bank will do the reporting required.
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Old Mar 14th 2018, 11:16 pm
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No. I've done it using transferwise. Tell your receiving bank beforehand.
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Default Re: Transferwise (or others) to move just over $10k

I suggest leaving a couple of hundred pounds over there to keep the account active. Never know when a UK bank account might come in useful.
Once you close the account you won't be able to open another as a non-resident.
Make sure you log into the account periodically so it's not considered abandoned.
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Default Re: Transferwise (or others) to move just over $10k

Originally Posted by chawkins99 View Post
I suggest leaving a couple of hundred pounds over there to keep the account active. Never know when a UK bank account might come in useful.
Once you close the account you won't be able to open another as a non-resident.
Make sure you log into the account periodically so it's not considered abandoned.
Or keep both accounts and set up occasion recurring payments back and forth between them.
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Default Re: Transferwise (or others) to move just over $10k

A tip from experience... Tell your bank you've lost your card and get a new one sent. I accidentally purchased something from Amazon and my overdraft bill was more than the item.
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I accidentally purchased something from Amazon(
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Default Re: Transferwise (or others) to move just over $10k

Originally Posted by chawkins99 View Post
I suggest leaving a couple of hundred pounds over there to keep the account active. Never know when a UK bank account might come in useful.
Once you close the account you won't be able to open another as a non-resident.
Make sure you log into the account periodically so it's not considered abandoned.
Excellent advice. Take note all!
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Default Re: Transferwise (or others) to move just over $10k

Originally Posted by chawkins99 View Post
I suggest leaving a couple of hundred pounds over there to keep the account active. Never know when a UK bank account might come in useful.
Once you close the account you won't be able to open another as a non-resident.
Make sure you log into the account periodically so it's not considered abandoned.
Also worth keeping is a UK credit card. We kept our credit card in credit by a ‘few bob’ for 25 years so that we would never loose it. We used it minimally and only periodically when we returned to the UK and paid it off immediately before we departed... just so it would continue, and the fact that it had a credit balance on it it kept it open.

Use a trustworthy UK relatives address and if you ever return you have a UK card. Definitely worth doing because who knows what the future brings!
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Default Re: Transferwise (or others) to move just over $10k

Originally Posted by TiaMaria57 View Post
Also worth keeping is a UK credit card. We kept our credit card in credit by a ‘few bob’ for 25 years so that we would never loose it. We used it minimally and only periodically when we returned to the UK and paid it off immediately before we departed... just so it would continue, and the fact that it had a credit balance on it it kept it open.

Use a trustworthy UK relatives address and if you ever return you have a UK card. Definitely worth doing because who knows what the future brings!
Sounds like a largely pointless exercise. Keeping a bank account, sure, but meh to keeping a credit card.
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Default Re: Transferwise (or others) to move just over $10k

Should you need it Transferwise offer a "borderless" Sterling account. A US resident can open one with quite easily

They give you a sort code and an account number. No cheques but you can make payments, I think there is a small charge for each payment. But the account is free.
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Default Re: Transferwise (or others) to move just over $10k

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Sounds like a largely pointless exercise. Keeping a bank account, sure, but meh to keeping a credit card.
Why is keeping a credit card pointless? If one returns to the UK permanently then they don’t have to apply for one. Most useful, for example if paying for insurance or even car rental. I’ve read about so many people not been able to immediately access credit upon their return.
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Default Re: Transferwise (or others) to move just over $10k

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Why is keeping a credit card pointless? If one returns to the UK permanently then they don’t have to apply for one. Most useful, for example if paying for insurance or even car rental. I’ve read about so many people not been able to immediately access credit upon their return.
Uhh, because most car rental companies allow debit card for car rentals if you have a plane ticket.

Also, paying for insurance on a credit card? That's a good reason?

Would take all of 10 minutes to apply for one and a couple days to receive one. Hardly worth keeping one open for an indefinite amount of time.

Just budget your return and have enough cash available up front. Hardly rocket science.
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Default Re: Transferwise (or others) to move just over $10k

In the US, I use a credit card for almost all expenses, but I only briefly had a credit card in the UK. I think I used it once. I'm sure I'd use one more if I returned, but it's hardly an essential item.
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Default Re: Transferwise (or others) to move just over $10k

Originally Posted by lansbury View Post
No problems. Your US bank will do the reporting required.

What do you mean by this? Still have to fill out the facta form I would have thought?
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