The distinction between development and investing in property is crucial for tax purposes. Often it will be quite clear-cut as to whether a person is trading or investing in land. A person buying property to let out long term will be making a property investment, whereas someone buying a property to refurbish and sell will most likely be trading as a property developer. There c ...

A payment on account of capital gains tax will need to be made when a residential property is sold from April 2020. Payment will be due within 30 days of completion and the seller will have to submit a “payment on account” return at the same time. The changes affect those selling a second home or rental property. They will not apply to disposals covered by principal private r ...

As from 6 April 2015, non-residents are liable to UK capital gains tax (CGT) on the sale of residential dwellings situated in the UK. This change was implemented in order to bring the UK in line with many other countries, with an established pattern of taxing property situated in their jurisdiction. A PPR election is available where the non-resident individual spends at least 9 ...

From 22 November 2017, there is an exemption for first-time buyers from SDLT on the first £300,000 when buying a home, where the total price of the property is not more than £500,000. 5% is payable on purchases between £300,000 and £500,000. However, with devolved taxes, buying a property in Scotland and Wales can bring different tax consequences. In Scotland, Land and Buildin ...

As well publicised, the tax relief that landlords of residential properties can claim for *finance costs is now being restricted to the basic rate of income tax.  This is being phased in from 6 April 2017 and will be fully implemented from 6 April 2020. *finance costs include mortgage interest and fees incurred when taking out or repaying loans.  The tax reduction is calculat ...

Where a let property is held by one spouse or civil partner, a transfer into joint ownership can help save income tax (IT) on the rental income where one spouse or civil partner pays tax at a lower marginal rate.  Such a transfer could also mitigate any S.24 ‘landlord tax’ (restrictions on tax relief on finance costs). Holding property in joint names may also mitigate the capit ...

The Scottish government announced that they will introduce a new Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) relief for first-time buyers of properties up to £175,000. The relief will raise the zero tax threshold for first-time buyers from £145,000 to £175,000, and according to the Scottish government 80% of first-time buyers in Scotland will pay no LBTT at all. The Scottish gove ...

Non-UK resident individuals face a UK tax charge on their UK source income only (and capital gains tax on the sale of residential dwellings situated in the UK – see below). If an individual is eligible to claim the tax free personal allowance in the UK (by virtue of the terms of a Double Taxation Agreement or citizenship etc.), they pay income tax in the UK on the proportion o ...

The Welsh Assembly has announced the proposed rates and bands for land transaction tax (LTT) which is to be introduced for land and property in Wales on 1 April 2018, replacing Stamp Duty Land Tax. Under the new rates for LTT, Wales will have the highest starting threshold for the property tax in the UK. The proposed rates are as follows:   Residential Non- ...

It is well publicised that the Government is committed to cracking down on tax avoidance and evasion, from individuals who bend the rules through to lawbreakers who evade their taxes altogether. Whilst David Gauke (Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury) announced in his ‘Compliance Progress Report (March 2013)’ that the UK’s tax gap figures rank among the lowest in the world, the ...