HMRC targets property rentals

We are committed to helping our clients meet properly their tax compliance obligations to HMRC, while at the same time giving advice on the deductions and reliefs available so that no one pays more tax than they should out of ignorance.

We recognise that there are some who have not yet advised HMRC of their potential liability to tax in respect let property and sales of investment property. We are happy to help people to make those steps to join the tax system and to represent them in dealing with HMRC, … Continue Reading

Business tax and snake oil schemes

Protecting the tax take

Accountants’ tax duties

Times are difficult, but there are still many small businesses making profits, although those profits may well be under pressure. Some are making losses of course. It is fair for all business owners, whether they have companies turning over some millions, partnerships turning over hundreds of thousands or sole traders turning over tens of thousands to expect their accountants to ensure they pay no more tax than they should.

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Income tax issues with ownership of rental properties

The reality is that many married couples are liable to very different rates of income tax. It is not uncommon to have one who is a 40% payer while the other is liable only at 20% or has no liability at all. Therefore you might think that there would be some mileage in arranging property affairs to take advantage of this.

It is of course conceivable that the person with the higher level of income could be a 50% payer but most people in this position would and should … Continue Reading

Capital tax issues with ownership of rental properties

If you are buying a property with your spouse or civil partner or even just a business partner and you intend to let it out, make sure your solicitor or conveyancer knows this and arranges the most suitable ownership status. Generally for tax reasons this will be as tenants in common. As a tenant in common you will each own a specific share of the property, which may be half, or a different specified percentage.

The other sort of joint ownership is known as a joint tenancy. In that … Continue Reading

Urgent – Important changes to tax treatment of Furnished Holiday Lettings losses

If you have Furnished Holiday Lettings (FHL) business losses in the current tax year ending on 5th April 2011 this is the last year (2010-11) in which you will be have the ability to set them off against other general income.    i.  e. earnings, investment income and non-FHL lettings profits etc.

If you already have losses or if you would have losses if you brought forward the timing of necessary expenditure such as repairs to properties to spend before 5th April, you should consider doing so as in future losses post 5th April 2011 will only be offset against other FHL … Continue Reading

A brief tax guide to buying and selling family and owner-managed companies

plant and machinery at the funfair

Plant and machinery at the funfair

If you are thinking of selling your business or thinking of buying one, please do get tax advice at the outset. Of course commercial considerations are paramount, but once you have decided in principle upon making a move to sell, or a move to buy and started looking at the numbers, do take into account that those numbers may be affected in a major way by tax considerations.

Selling the owner managed company

In most circumstances a small owner-managed … Continue Reading

Furnished Holiday Lettings – the latest news

Following the Coalition’s decision not to abolish the Furnished Holiday Lettings (FHL) tax category with all its advantages over the letting of investment property, we now know what the Government does intend for the future.

Donegal cottage

The regime for FHL is not going to be quite as generous as it was in the past, but we should be thankful that it is not going to be axed altogether. The previous qualifications for a letting to be an FHL were:

Business tax – what business owners should expect of their accountant

Most business owners will tell you what they think their accountants do: they prepare the accounts and do the tax return. They probably think of this as pretty much a process. There are two misunderstandings implicit in that sort of thinking; the first is there is a sort of sausage machine at work and that you put in the figures and get a certain result, and the second is that there is no room for manoeuvre.

Most SMEs, by which I mean the larger ones within the official definition down to much smaller almost micro-businesses, are owned by families or family … Continue Reading

Property taxation for smaller investors and developers

Recently I have written posts on Furnished Holiday Lettings and on the new Capital Gains regime. Such is the enthusiasm for property investment and development even in these troubled times (and I share that interest myself) that I thought I should write a brief summary of the taxation implications of these interests and activities.

Property still offers the prospect of profits and long-term investment gains at a time when share markets are uncertain and yields on savings are generally poor. … Continue Reading

Personal tax and capital gains post June 2010

Making the tax system simpler is an admirable aspiration but it does not necessarily make it fair. The recent changes in the capital gains tax rules, or at least in calculating the charge to capital gains tax demonstrate this amply.

As expected and as heralded well in advance by the Coalition, the rates of capital gains tax were increased. Although effectively for basic rate taxpayers the main rate stayed at 18%, for the majority including the basic rate taxpayers deemed to go into the higher rate threshold by dint of … Continue Reading