Property tax

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

Tax / Criminal Finances Act 2017: facilitation of tax evasion rules

HMRC is ramping up its action against businesses which fail to prevent facilitation of tax evasion by staff, but compliance levels are low. Businesses should act now given the risk of corporate criminal investigations, explains Ben Jones, tax partner at Eversheds Sutherland

Tax / HMRC consults on changes to private residence relief

HMRC is consulting on changes announced at Budget 2018 to lettings relief and the final period exemption, which extend private residence relief (PRR) in capital gains tax (CGT), as well as some technical aspects of the PRR rules

Tax / 2019/20 tax year: personal tax rate changes and allowances

A roundup of all the personal tax changes which come into force from the 2019/20 tax year including, an increase to the personal allowance and higher rate threshold, changes to residential inheritance tax and capital gains tax regime for non-UK residents

Tax / Filing deadlines: Apr - Jul 2019

The key HMRC filing deadlines from April to July 2019 including the start date for Making Tax Digital for VAT from 1 April with 1 July onwards for initial VAT payments, last day of 2018/19 tax year and deadline for various tax claims and elections as well as use of CGT annual allowances and annual limit for pension contributions and deadline for various tax claims and elections

Tax / Selling property through a special purpose vehicle (SPV)

Dominic Cole, associate at Collyer Bristow LLP, examines the benefits, traps and pitfalls of purchasing, holding and selling property through a special purpose vehicle (SPV) from due diligence to CGT and IHT liability for offshore purchasers
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