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Residential Property

Making use of the transferable residence nil rate band

There are two nil rates bands for inheritance tax – the nil rate band of £325,000 and the Residence Nil Rate Band, set at £175,000 for 2020/21. Together, it is possible for spouses and civil partners to leave a joint estate worth £1 million (2020/21 figures) free of inheritance tax. However, this depends on the …

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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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Are you a buy-to-let landlord who’s decided to take a mortgage payment holiday? We explain the impact on this on tax relief for interest payments in today’s blog.

Mortgage payment holidays and interest relief for landlords In March, the Government announced that homeowners struggling to pay their mortgages due to Coronavirus would be able to take a three-month mortgage payment holiday. They confirmed that this option would also be available to buy-to-let landlords, who may suffer cashflow difficulties if, as a result of …

Are you a buy-to-let landlord who’s decided to take a mortgage payment holiday? We explain the impact on this on tax relief for interest payments in today’s blog. Read More »

Not putting a property in joint names prior to selling is an easily avoided mistake – read our blog to see if this would benefit you.

Potential benefits of putting a property into joint names prior to sale Where a property qualifies in full for private residence relief, it is perhaps academic, from a tax perspective at least, whether a couple own it jointly or it is the one name only. In either case, the relief shelters any gain that arises …

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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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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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HMRC have given new guidance on how stamp duty is applied to residential property which has land. Take a look at our short blog if you’re thinking of purchasing a property that has features such as farmland, stables or orchards.

Grounds and gardens for SDLT Stamp duty land tax (SDLT) on residential property also applies to land that form the garden or grounds of the property. To ensure that the right rate of SDLT is applied, it is therefore important to ascertain whether any land purchased with a property constitutes its garden or grounds. The …

HMRC have given new guidance on how stamp duty is applied to residential property which has land. Take a look at our short blog if you’re thinking of purchasing a property that has features such as farmland, stables or orchards. Read More »

The letting of a jointly-owned property in itself does not give rise to a partnership, so what does?

Property partnerships A person may own a property jointly that is let out as part of a partnership business. This may arise if the person is a partner of a trading or professional partnership which also lets out some of its land and buildings. A less common situation is where the person is in a …

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Do you have a company that owns a residential property? This might apply to you

Annual tax on enveloped dwellings The annual tax on enveloped dwellings (ATED) is a tax that applies, in the main, to companies owning residential property which is valued at more than £500,000. The tax only applies on properties that are classed as ‘dwellings’. This is a property where all or part of it is used …

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