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Paying cheque into foreign account

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Autumnchill Tue 28-Jul-20 21:12:08

Can't find the answer via Google so hoping the collective brain of Mumsnet can help!

We have a semi-professional sportsperson stay with us every year, last year he was from South Africa. They're employed by the local sports club for the season and pay tax and NI.

We've just received a cheque for him from HMRC with a rebate and he's sent me his bank details but I don't know how to go about paying it in. The bank is Absa and I bank with First Direct.

How do I do it?

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dementedpixie Tue 28-Jul-20 21:23:01

What currency is it in?

dementedpixie Tue 28-Jul-20 21:24:52

I don't think you can physically pay it in from here to a foreign account. Is the cheque made out in his name?

Autumnchill Tue 28-Jul-20 21:27:17

It's from HMRC so £. He closed his UK account when he went home. Previous years our guests have been with Barclays or Lloyd's so no issue when they've had a rebate, we just called into the bank.

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dementedpixie Tue 28-Jul-20 21:27:28

Do they have UK branches? Does he have a sterling account?

TwoBlueFish Tue 28-Jul-20 21:27:35

You need to send the cheque to him and he’ll need to pay it into his bank.

I’ve recently paid in a US$ cheque into my UK bank account, had to mail it to them, took a few days to clear and they charged £10.

Autumnchill Tue 28-Jul-20 21:28:04

It's in his name so we can't cash it and send him the money

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PrincessForADay Tue 28-Jul-20 21:28:22

You'll need to forward it by courier to him as it will need to be paid into Absa. It will depend on his T&C whether they accept Sterling cheques & if so any charges that apply

AuditAngel Tue 28-Jul-20 21:29:11

You need to know who he banks with, to be able to pay a cheque in, not who the issuing bank is,

Autumnchill Tue 28-Jul-20 21:29:15

The banks Asba so not UK.

I'm thinking I'm just going to have to post it to SA for him to pay in

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Autumnchill Tue 28-Jul-20 21:30:52

@AuditAngel, I know the bank and was hoping perhaps someone like the Post Office had the facility to assist

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Autumnchill Tue 28-Jul-20 21:31:54

Thank you @PrincessForADay.

Think I'll get him to check first before I post it.

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Fanthorpe Tue 28-Jul-20 21:33:06

Any use?

Fanthorpe Tue 28-Jul-20 21:34:32

Check with him but I wouldn’t post it to SA, it won’t reach him.

dementedpixie Tue 28-Jul-20 21:34:42

Looks like their might be branches in London. Maybe ring and ask their advice

Autumnchill Tue 28-Jul-20 21:35:00

@Fanthorpe thanks, I looked on their page but could only find electronic transfers.

Think it's definitely going to have to be posted. I'll message him tomorrow 😊

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dementedpixie Tue 28-Jul-20 21:35:28


Autumnchill Tue 28-Jul-20 21:37:36

@dementedpixie thank you, missed they had a UK office. I'll email them tomorrow and ask

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Autumnchill Tue 28-Jul-20 21:38:34

You'll be surprised there isn't a branch in Cleethorpes 😁

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dementedpixie Tue 28-Jul-20 21:39:16

In the absence of a UK account then I think your only option is to send it to him.

Fanthorpe Tue 28-Jul-20 21:43:15

I think if you can find a partner bank in the U.K. they can make a SWIFT payment via Transferwise. They make the exchange as well. There is a fee.

PlanDeRaccordement Tue 28-Jul-20 21:53:57

HMRC can do bank transfer to his account. I’d destroy the check and have him call HMRC.
Since he doesn’t have a £ account in U.K. anymore, they’d transfer it to his £ account with a money exchanger like World first or mineycorp.

Autumnchill Tue 28-Jul-20 22:21:36

I tried to get him to do it via The Gateway when he got the first letter but in true bloke style he left it too long so after 14 days they issued the cheque. Would have been so much easier! I doubt I'd be able to get him to ring HMRC. Probably cost him as much as his rebate 😁

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GeorgieTheGorgeousGoat Tue 28-Jul-20 22:27:09

Shouldn’t this be his job to sort out? Don’t see why you’re lumbered with fixing it.

Autumnchill Wed 29-Jul-20 05:28:00

He was a very nice guest so no problem trying to help him if I can.

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