Personal Finance Correspondent, Guardian
I'm a personal finance correspondent for the Guardian, and an obsessive gig, cinema and theatre goer
guardian.co.uk — If you're an Avon lady or Ann Summers party host and haven't been declaring that income, you could soon be on the receiving end of a home visit yourself - from tax inspectors.
guardian.co.uk — New figures showing that the average asking price for a home in London has risen to more than £500,000 for the first time could add to fears of a new house price bubble being fuelled by cheap mortgages and government schemes to boost the market.
guardian.co.uk — Millions of NatWest and Royal Bank of Scotland current account customers are to be hit with new charges of up to £72 a year - on top of the interest they must pay - if they go overdrawn by more than just a tenner.
guardian.co.uk — The Post Office is muscling in on the high street banks' territory with the launch this week of three current accounts. It is promising "a fair and transparent way to manage your money", with no hidden charges, and its entry into the market is likely to be welcomed by some of those looking for a more ethical home for their cash.
guardian.co.uk — It's one of the scourges of the modern telecommunications age: call centres and their seemingly endless lists of menu options that can keep you hanging on (and on) for minutes that feel like hours - all at your own expense.
guardian.co.uk — Around 3.5 million people unwittingly paid too much tax in 2012-13 and are owed refunds averaging between £350 and £500, HM Revenue & Customs has revealed. But there was bad news for 2 million others, who owe an average of between £400 and £500 after making underpayments through the pay as you earn (PAYE) system.
guardian.co.uk — The personal financial information of millions of people - including how much they earn and whether they have fallen behind on any payments - is to be "collected and processed" by the UK's main financial watchdog as part of its attempts to police the mortgage market.
guardian.co.uk — The Post Office is taking on the high street banks with the launch of three current accounts - and has already won the endorsement of a government minister. It will offer a fee-free standard current account that comes with a debit card and a "packaged" account offering extra benefits for £8 a month.
guardian.co.uk — Credit unions are frequently touted as offering an ethical alternative to banks - but are they a safe place to put your cash? UK credit unions are collapsing at a rate of one per month at present, and the liquidator of the latest to go under has told Guardian Money there will almost certainly be more casualties.
guardian.co.uk — Seven people have been arrested after police swooped on a suspected organised crime gang believed to be behind a pension investment scam that has been dubbed "the new boiler-room fraud". On Wednesday, detectives entered a City of London office that was being used as a call centre with about 40 staff.
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