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Property repairs and maintenance – what can you deduct?

Anyone who owns a property will need to carry out repairs and maintenance from time to time. Where the property is let out, the question arises as to whether the landlord can deduct the expense in calculating the profits of their property rental business. What is a repair? A distinction is drawn between repairs and …

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Tax implications of student lets

As the new academic year begins, for student starting or returning to university, the 2020/21 academic year looks very different to normal. While many students may opt to stay at home and study online, those studying away will need somewhere to live – for many, this will be in private rental accommodation. The student market …

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If you have a holiday let but are worried you won’t meet the occupancy test this year, all is not lost. There are two routes by which it may be possible to reach the required occupancy threshold – an averaging election or a period of grace election.

Furnished holiday lettings – What can you do if you fail to meet the occupancy tests due to the Covid-19 pandemic? Lets that qualify as furnished holiday lettings (FHL) enjoy special tax rules compared to other types of let, allowing landlords to benefit from certain capital gains tax reliefs for traders and to claim plant …

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For landlords, the impact that unpaid or late paid rent has on the calculation of taxable profits depends on whether you prepare accounts on the cash basis or under the accruals basis. We go through some case studies in today’s blog

Late or unpaid rent – Impact on the calculation of a landlord’s taxable profits As with other sectors, landlords may be adversely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Tenants suffering cashflow difficulties may be unable to pay their rent in full or on time. The impact that unpaid or late paid rent has on the calculation …

For landlords, the impact that unpaid or late paid rent has on the calculation of taxable profits depends on whether you prepare accounts on the cash basis or under the accruals basis. We go through some case studies in today’s blog Read More »

Renting out a property at a rate below the commercial level might sound like a great idea – but it might cost you dearly if you try to seek tax relief for your expenses!

Properties not let at a commercial rent There may be a number of reasons why a property is occupied rent-free or let out at rent that is less than the commercial rate. This may often occur where the property is occupied by a family member in order to provide that person with a cheap home. …

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This blog explains what qualifies for relief for finance costs, the limit on eligible borrowings, and how capital repayments work with a quick example.

Allowable finance costs Although the way in which landlords obtain relief for finance costs on residential properties is changing, there is no change to the type finance costs that are eligible for relief. What qualifies for relief The basic rule is that relief is available for expenses that are incurred wholly or exclusively for the …

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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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Today’s blog covers the serious curtailment to letting relief for landlords coming April 2020 – read more here.

Curtailment of letting relief Landlords have been hit with a number of tax hikes in recent years, and this trend shows no signs of abating. From 6 April 2020, lettings relief – a valuable capital gains tax relief which is available where a property which has at some point been the owner’s only or main …

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Do you spend more than 6 months of the year outside the UK? Make sure you’re compliant

Non-residents landlord scheme A non-resident landlord is a landlord who lets out property in the UK but spends more than six months in the tax year outside the UK. A special tax scheme – the non-residents landlord scheme – applies to these landlords. Under the scheme, tax must be deducted by a letting agent or …

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If you use the property rental toolkit, do you think it’s useful?

Using the property rental toolkit to avoid common errors in returns HMRC’s property rental toolkit highlights errors commonly found in tax returns in relation to property income. The toolkit can be used to help avoid those errors, some of which are discussed briefly below. Computation For unincorporated property businesses, the default basis is the cash …

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