Property tax

Tax / Q&A: 'main' residence versus bolt-hole for higher rate stamp duty

In our regular Q&A, Alexandra Fielding CTA, tax adviser at Croner Taxwise, considers the capital gains tax implications if a couple sell one of their homes, currently used as the family home but not designated as the primary residence for tax purposes

Tax / Changes to CGT property reliefs under fire

Government plans to change the capital gains tax (CGT) relief regime on private residences by halving the period for main residence exemption have been heavily criticised for displaying inconsistencies with the rules on stamp duty land tax (SDLT), and for a lack of  communication to those affected

Tax / Rules for non-residential structures and buildings allowance amended

HMRC has amended the compliance rules for a new capital allowance for non-residential structures and buildings (SBA) following consultation

Tax / Q&A: tax liability for property transfer in divorce

In our regular Q&A series, Croner Taxwise consultant Steven Jones warns divorcing couples to consider the capital gains tax (CGT) implications when a residential property is transferred to one partner in the event of divorce in a no gain, no loss situation under section 58 of TCGA 1992

Tax / Wales raises £226m from property taxes under devolution

In the first year of operation, Wales has collected over £200m from property taxes through a new land transaction tax, the equivalent of stamp duty land tax in England, with average payments under £3,000

Tax / HMRC targets overseas-based UK landlords not paying tax

Nearly 400 overseas based buy-to-let landlords have disclosed unpaid tax on rental income to HMRC in the last year as the tax authorities intensifies its campaign to net offshore landlords hiding income

Tax / HMRC fails to communicate 30-day CGT payment window

Property sellers are confused about the introduction of a new 30-day payment deadline for settling capital gains tax (CGT) on second and inherited property sales, with complaints about the overly complex guidance and dearth of communications from HMRC. Sara White reports

Tax / Tax traps to watch when selling your main home

Capital gains tax on the sale of a home can be complex when main residence relief comes into play. Lisa Spearman, private client partner at Mercer & Hole, explains the key tax compliance issues to consider to avoid an unexpected tax bill

Tax / NAO warns of ‘significant’ risk to government over Help to Buy loans

The Help to Buy scheme, designed to increase home ownership, could leave the government open to ‘significant market risk’ if prices fall, and many of those using this option could have bought a property without it, a National Audit Office (NAO) report has found

Tax / Labour considers overhaul of stamp duty regime

The Labour party is considering plans to overhaul the current stamp duty system by phasing out the charge for purchasers and increasing capital gains tax on second property sales

Tax / Tax updates: June 2019

In this month’s tax updates, cases include tax return uncertainty over 'discovery' decision in Tooth case, DIY housebuilder wins VAT refund case in Swales, managed service company status in Costelloe Business Services, plus lifetime giving rules for inheritance tax and HMRC ordered to delete illegally held voice records

Tax / Editor’s comment: taxing empty property and curbing money laundering

UK property will not be a safe haven for money laundering in the near future if the government presses ahead with plans to create a register of ownership by offshore investors, but perhaps a more robust government position on taxing empty property would encourage the buy-to-leave investors to rethink their plans, argues Sara White, editor of Accountancy Daily

Tax / Proposed property anti money laundering rules too weak

Loopholes in proposed legislation designed to prevent money laundering through the UK property market need to be addressed if it is to be fully effective, a joint select committee has warned

Tax / Tax filing deadlines: May - Aug 2019

The key HMRC filing deadlines from May to July 2019 including deadline for Forms P46(Car) (printed form) for quarter ended 5 April, P60 payroll reporting to employees and confirmation statements showing benefits that have had tax collected through payroll in 2018/19

Tax / Tax data: CGT data, HMRC rates of interest - May 2019

Download the HMRC CGT indexation allowance for December 2017 onwards, RPI Index for March 2019 and HMRC rates of interest, and the current stamp duty land tax (SDLT) and land and buildings transaction tax (LBTT) rates, and more
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