23:04 PM, 18th November 2015, About 6 years ago 7
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 mortgage interest or similar which can be deducted is restricted to 75% in 2017/18, then 50% in 2018/19, 25% in 2019/20 and to nil from 2020/21 onwards. Individuals will receive a basic rate tax reduction in respect of financing costs which cannot be deducted as a result of these measures. A committee stage amendment to s 24 ensures that companies chargeable to income tax are not subject to these restrictions (because companies generally are outside these provisions), and to enable trustees to claim the basic rate tax reduction in certain circumstances. A report stage amendment then clarifies that relief for interest on a loan to invest in a partnership is restricted where the partnership uses that investment for carrying on a UK or overseas property business that consists of residential property.
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