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New Tax Strategy For Accidental Landlords

New Tax Strategy For Accidental Landlords

08/04/2016

For those new to buy to let and considering the letting of their current home, in order to buy another for themselves (usually at a higher price) there is a way to avoid the 3% SDLT surcharge on the more expensive property by following this strategy. Create a new limited company and sell your current… Read more


Partnership incorporation with no CGT or SDLT

Partnership incorporation with no CGT or SDLT

05/04/2016

The ability for landlords trading as partnerships to avoid CGT and SDLT at the point of incorporation is clearly written in legislation. You just need to know where to look to find the information and to employ the services of an experienced tax adviser to claim the various allowances for your business. Details of incorporation relief, which can… Read more


Budget 2016 – Incorporate Now BEFORE 30th March

Budget 2016 – Incorporate Now BEFORE 30th March

16/03/2016

Budget 2016 has put massive pressure on landlords who have been considering incorporation following George Osborne’s announcements in the Summer 2015 Budget which restricts finance cost relief for individual landlords. My message to all landlords who have been considering incorporation is a crude one – it’s time to piss or get off the potty! If… Read more


Incorporation Relief to go in Autumn Statement?

Incorporation Relief to go in Autumn Statement?

21/11/2015

I was horrified to read a prediction on the highly credible Accounting Web that s162 tax relief used to mitigate CGT when incorporating a property letting businesses could be a victim of George Osborne’s Autumn statement next Wednesday (25th November).  If the Chancellor does make such an announcement those landlords currently looking to incorporate can but hope… Read more


2015 Finance Bill Receives Royal Assent

2015 Finance Bill Receives Royal Assent

18/11/2015

18th November 2015 may well be marked in history as the beginning of the end for most private buy-to-let landlords.  Restrictions on the amount of financing costs which can be deducted by individuals, partnerships, trusts and personal representatives when calculating their income from a property business are included in the Act (s 24). The amount of… Read more


Avoiding Restrictions on Finance Cost Relief for Landlords

Avoiding Restrictions on Finance Cost Relief for Landlords

11/11/2015

  GENERAL GUIDANCE  If you have been retaining profits after paying the higher rates of income tax then you have probably been paying more tax than necessary. IS TAX AVOIDANCE LEGAL? The law regarding tax avoidance was clarified nearly 80 years ago. In 1936 a landmark legal case was heard in the House of Lords… Read more


Local Authority Lets, No need to take a chance!

Local Authority Lets, No need to take a chance!

08/02/2015

Letting a property on a 3 of even 5 year contract to the local authority may seem like an attractive idea for some landlords. As well as helping to ease the chronic public sector housing shortage, the landlord benefits from a guaranteed rent paid into their account every month without fail for the period of… Read more


FOS rule West Brom Tracker Rate Hike is fair

FOS rule West Brom Tracker Rate Hike is fair

16/11/2014

The FOS (Financial Ombudsman Service) have done it again!  In the past the FOS have controversially agreed that rate hikes applied by Bank of Ireland, Skipton Building Society (Amber Homeloans) and also the Danske Bank (formerly National Irish Bank) were fair. Therefore, is it really that shocking that FOS would also rule in favour of West… Read more


Innovative New BTL Mortgage Product

Innovative New BTL Mortgage Product

15/09/2014

85% LTV, low rates and fees AND positive cashflow on new BTL purchases? Yes it’s true, and it’s available NOW! The eagerly awaited collaboration between a market leading BTL mortgage provider and the UK’s only provider of BTL equity finance has now been launched – AT LAST!!! The resultant product allows landlords to purchase properties… Read more


CASE STUDY – First time buyer, First time landlord

CASE STUDY – First time buyer, First time landlord

11/05/2014

I thought I would share a short case study of how I helped Max, a first time buyer, first time landlord, to get on the property ladder recently. Max is aged 21, and although he has managed to establish his own hairdressing business it’s still early years with his net profits currently below £15,000 pa. He… Read more


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