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Landlord Right To Rent Checks

This update replaces previous guidance issued on 20 April 2021. The temporary COVID-19 adjusted right to rent checks will now end on 20 June 2021, and from 21 June 2021 landlords will revert to face to face and physical document checks as set out in legislation and guidance. This is aligned with the easing of […]

Read more May 21st, 2021

Budget Summary Spring 2021

Chancellor Rishi Sunak presented his much-anticipated second Budget on Wednesday 3 March 2021. There were many rumours of changes that would be implemented, but much of the content concerned maintaining the current position for up to five years causing a fiscal drag to boost tax revenues.  In his speech, he stated his Budget ‘meets the […]

Read more March 4th, 2021

European Property Owners Face Higher Tax Bills

Now that the UK has finally left the EU some taxpayers will start to see additional tax costs. One example is where UK residents own holiday homes in EU countries that they rent out for part of the year. Owners of EU rental properties may now be required to pay more tax in those countries, […]

Read more February 8th, 2021

Time To Review Your Will?

Top of the to do list for many individuals is to make or update their will. Many think this is something to leave until later in life but it is important to get things in place once a property is acquired or when children come along. In the absence of a will, there are statutory […]

Read more January 13th, 2021

Rent Covered By Rent A Room Relief

For many property owners, the rental income will be tax free if it is within the £7,500 rent a room relief and will not even need to be reported. This applies where room(s) in the taxpayer’s main residence are rented out, typically to lodgers. Where the house is owned jointly, they would qualify for £3,750 […]

Read more November 12th, 2020

AirBNB Reporting Property Rental Details To HMRC

You may have seen in the newspapers that Airbnb will share data with HMRC about the earnings of hosts (those who let out property) on its UK platform in the years 2017/18 and 2018/19. It is anticipated that HMRC will use this data to open enquiries into the tax affairs of individuals who have not […]

Read more November 12th, 2020

MTD For VAT Extended To 2022

Since 2019, the vast majority of VAT-registered businesses with a taxable turnover above the VAT threshold (£85,000) have been mandated to keep digital VAT records and send returns using Making Tax Digital (MTD)-compatible software. From April 2022 these requirements will apply to all VAT-registered businesses. It has also been announced that MTD for Income Tax […]

Read more September 8th, 2020

Property Business Owners Liable To Class 2 NICs

Class 2 National Insurance Contributions (NICs) are currently paid at the rate of £3.05 per week by self-employed earners. A person who is liable to Income Tax on the profits arising from the receipt of property rental income will only be a self-employed earner for NICs purposes if the level of activities carried out amounts […]

Read more September 7th, 2020

Reporting Property Gains Within 30 Days

Since 6 April 2020 where UK residential property is disposed of, the resulting capital gain needs to be reported and the capital gains tax (CGT) paid within 30 days of completion of the disposal. There have been a number of teething problems with the new online reporting system. HMRC stated that there would be no […]

Read more August 6th, 2020

Second Home Buyers And Buy-To-Let Landlords Welcome SDLT Cut

Although the temporary increase in the Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) threshold to £500,000 was aimed at those buying their main residence, it also benefits those buying a second or subsequent property where there is a 3% supplementary charge. Thus, the rate of SDLT on a second home costing up to £500,000 is now 3%. […]

Read more August 6th, 2020

Residential Rates On Purchases From 8 July 2020 To 31 March 2021

There is a temporary cut in Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) from 8 July by raising the nil-rate band from £125,000 to £500,000 until 31 March 2021. The Treasury estimates that, as a consequence, around nine in 10 people buying a main residence will pay no SDLT. Further details can be found on SDLT changes […]

Read more July 13th, 2020

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