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Summer Economic Update

On Wednesday 8th July, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak made a speech entitled “Summer Economic Update” where he unveiled further Government supports and he unveiled the Government’s plan for jobs which he described as the “Second phase in the Government’s economic response to the crisis.” Here are the highlights and we will update you on the […]

Read more July 9th, 2020

Contracts – Where You Stand With Covid-19

Overview This article looks at the contractual implications of the virus. Is it force majeure? Can good faith be invoked to preserve some of the bargains? How about frustration? This article provides practical guidance to allow companies to understand what they can do (and what they cannot) about contracts during this pandemic. What must be […]

Read more May 11th, 2020

New System For Reporting CGT On Property Disposal Started 6 April 2020

A new CGT reporting and payment on account system was introduced for residential property disposals by UK resident taxpayers from 6 April 2020. The new system as originally announced required the disposal to be reported and any CGT on the disposal to be paid on account within 30 days of completion. HMRC have now announced […]

Read more April 24th, 2020

CGT Private Residence Relief Changes Go Ahead

The latest Finance Bill includes important changes to private residence relief that took effect from 6 April 2020. The first change is to limit to just 9 months the period prior to disposal that counts as a period of deemed occupation and thus exempt from CGT even though the owners are not living in the […]

Read more April 24th, 2020

Coronavirus Video Resources

We’ve compiled all the recordings for our Coronavirus webinars on this one page for ease of use. Please be aware that some things may have changed since the release of the videos. If you have any questions about any of the content, please contact us. Disclaimer: The information provided by Shapcotts Accountants in this video […]

Read more March 31st, 2020

COVID-19 Business Support Update 31 March

Key Government Resources Links You can find an updating list of official resource links here. 1. Department for International Trade (DIT) has issued guidance for UK businesses trading internationally. This advice is for UK businesses that export or deliver goods and services abroad and have been impacted by the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). It includes: […]

Read more March 31st, 2020

Budget Summary Spring 2020

Chancellor Rishi Sunak presented his first Budget on Wednesday 11 March 2020. In his speech, he stated that ‘We are at the beginning of a new era in this country. We have the freedom and resources to decide our own future’. He also said ‘It is a Budget of a Government that gets things done’. […]

Read more March 12th, 2020

Time To Sell Property Before 6 April 2020?

If the draft legislation issued for consultation last year is enacted in the next Finance Act there will be important changes to private residence relief for disposals after 5 April 2020. Firstly, the exemption for the final period of ownership will be reduced from 18 months to 9 months. This applies where a former main […]

Read more February 10th, 2020

The 5% VAT Rules And Reduced Rate VAT Eligibility Criteria

Firstly, to start with a common misconception, the 5% VAT rule does not mean that you can reclaim 15% VAT. Let’s start at the beginning and explain where the 5% VAT rate comes into play. You can utilise the 5% or reduced VAT rate in two situations: The conversion of premises to a different residential […]

Read more January 20th, 2020

The World Of Property And Where Are We?

So where are we in terms of the impact to the world of property? Here’s what we can expect to happen this year from a Tax and Legislation perspective:

Read more January 14th, 2020

Tax Return Deadline Approaching: 31 January 2020

Are you a Landlord that has received rental income from between 6 April 2018 and 5 April 2019? Have you filed your tax return yet? The deadline is 31 January 2020 and the payment of any taxes due need to be paid by then as well. Get it sorted sooner rather than later! If you […]

Read more January 13th, 2020

Passing On The Family Home

The Labour party were proposing to reverse the recent Tory party inheritance tax cuts if elected. They were referring to the additional nil rate band for passing on the family home. This additional relief should be taken into consideration when drafting your Will. We can work with your solicitor to make sure that your Will […]

Read more January 9th, 2020

Furnished Holiday Letts Qualify For CGT Relief

As mentioned in another article, furnished holiday lettings businesses are eligible for capital allowances on equipment in the property. Where the business incurs finance costs such as mortgage interest the restriction that applies to other residential property businesses does not apply to furnished holiday lettings. It should also be noted that qualifying furnished holiday lettings […]

Read more November 11th, 2019

No Capital Allowances For Equipment In A “Dwelling House”

As a general rule, there are no capital allowances available for expenditure on plant and machinery in a dwelling house. In a recent Tax Tribunal case it was decided that only equipment installed in the “common parts” of a dwelling house qualifies for tax relief. This would typically comprise a common entrance lobby, corridors, stairs […]

Read more November 11th, 2019

Reduced Rate VAT Eligibility

The key time where the reduced VAT rate becomes useful for most property investors is when they are converting a property from one use to another. For example, a single dwelling is being converted into a multiple dwelling property (a HMO). The complete information can be found in VAT Notice 708 Buildings and Construction which […]

Read more October 14th, 2019