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More than one home? Check which one qualifies for private residence relief

Private residence relief removes the charge to capital gains tax on the taxpayer’s only or main residence. For the purposes of the relief, a taxpayer can generally only have one residence qualifying for the relief at any one time, subject to the final period exemption for properties which have been the only or main residence …

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Selling a property under probate

With property prices varying wildly here’s what you need to know about selling a property under probate

Selling at property at below the probate value The property market is often volatile but throw a Coronavirus pandemic and a stamp duty holiday into the mix and it is easy to see how property prices can vary dramatically, even in a relatively short period. Where a deceased’s estate includes land, inheritance tax is computed …

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SDLT and linked transactions

Special Stamp Duty Land Tax (SLDT) and Linked Transactions

Special stamp duty land tax (SDLT) rules apply where there are multiple sales or transfers between the same buyer and seller. Linked transactions Where two or more property transactions involve the same buyer and seller, they may be ‘linked’ for SDLT purposes. HMRC may treat a person connected to the buyer, such as a spouse …

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Residential Stamp Duty Land Tax

The government have cut stamp duty until 31 March 20201, is now a good time to buy a house?

Temporary cut in SDLT – Who benefits? To boost confidence in the property market and to maintain the momentum that has been gained since the easing of lockdown, the Government has announced a temporary increase in the residential stamp duty land tax (SDLT) threshold. From 8 July 2020 until 31 March 2021, residential SDLT threshold …

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It is easy to fall into the trap of assuming that legal and professional costs can be computed in calculating taxable profits if they are incurred wholly and exclusively for the purposes of the business; however this is only part of the story.  

Legal and professional fees – Capital or revenue? At some point, a landlord is likely to incur legal and professional fees in connection with the running of their property rental business. It is easy to fall into the trap of assuming that these costs can be computed in calculating taxable profits if they are incurred …

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In essence, it’s all about the ‘wholly and exclusively’ test – could it be time to invest in some branded sweatshirts?

Dual purpose expenditure – can landlords claim a deduction? Landlords are able to claim tax relief for expenses that are incurred wholly and exclusively for the purposes of the property rental business. However, some expenses have both a private and a business element. Where this is the case, is any relief available? Business element separately …

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In this blog we set out the three conditions property must meet to be considered a furnished holiday let and to access all the advantages they bring, and top tip – letting to family or friends at a reduced rate doesn’t count! 

Many Airbnb lets are used as holiday accommodation. From a tax perspective, furnished holiday lettings enjoy some tax advantages over other lets. So, is it possible for an Airbnb let to benefit from these advantages and what conditions must be met? Qualifying conditions Simply letting a property as furnished holiday accommodation is not in itself …

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Landlords – you must file your self-assessment tax return by 31 January 2020 to avoid a late filing penalty. Here’s what you need to know:

The self-assessment deadline is looming. Self-assessment tax returns for the year to 5 April 2019 must be filed online by 31 January 2020 if a late filing penalty is to be avoided. Landlords will need to complete the property income pages. Particular care should be taken where the landlord has a loan or a mortgage …

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It can pay off to keep track of your business mileage you incur for your rental properties – here’s why.

Using your car in your property rental business Landlords will often use their car for the purposes of their property rental business. Where they do so, they are able to claim a deduction for the costs that they incur. Using mileage rates Where a landlord uses their car for business purposes, the easiest way to …

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