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The government published draft legislation for the next Finance Bill including draft clauses on the changes to Private Residence Relief (PRR). The draft legislation is subject to consultation which closes on 5 September 2019. Following consultation this Spring, changes are proposed to the Private Residence Relief (PRR) regime from April 2020. For properties that have not been ...

The VAT domestic reverse charge for building and construction services comes into effect from 1 October 2019. The reverse charge represents part of a government clamp-down on VAT fraud. A domestic reverse charge means that a contractor receiving a supply of specified construction services must account for the output VAT due, rather than the sub-contractor who supplied the serv ...

According to statistics published by HMRC more than 180,500 first-time buyers have benefitted from First Time Buyers Relief (FTBR). The relief introduced in November 2017 has saved eligible first-time buyers an estimated total amount of more than £426 million. Mel Stride MP, Financial Secretary to the Treasury, said: ‘These statistics show that the government was right to off ...

According to the latest statistics 121,500 first-time buyers have saved a total of £284,000,000 following the introduction of a relief for first-time buyers under the Stamp Duty Land Tax rules which apply in England and Northern Ireland. Over the next five years, it is estimated that this relief, part of the UK government’s housing policy will help over 1 million people getting ...

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 ...