HM Treasury ‘Tax Consultation Day’ – Nothing on CGT or Stamp

HM Treasury ‘Tax Consultation Day’ – Nothing on CGT or Stamp

15:10 PM, 23rd March 2021, About 3 years ago

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HM Treasury has published more than 30 tax updates, consultations and documents to, as they declare, ‘strengthen policymaking and modernise the UK tax system’. Click here to read the Command Paper

Of potential note for Landlords:

In England, many holiday lets are liable to pay business rates, rather than council tax, when an owner declares that they intend to let their property in the next year. They may also be able to claim rates relief of up to 100%. The change announced today will ensure that owners of properties that are not genuine businesses are not able to reduce their tax liability by declaring that a property is available for let but make little or no realistic effort to actually let it out.

  • In England, a holiday let is currently liable to pay business rates rather than council tax when the owner declares they intend to make their property available to let 140 days in the coming year. There is no requirement for business rates purposes to undertake checks to verify that they are actually commercially rented out.
  • of the over 60,000 holiday lets currently on the business rates list, around 96% have a rateable value which would likely qualify them for Small Business Rates Relief and as a result pay no business rates at all
  • further details of the change and implementation will be included in a MHCLG response to the consultation on the business rates treatment of self-catering accommodation which will be published shortly

Today’s update will also cut inheritance tax red tape for more than 200,000 estates every year, dramatically reducing the amount of paperwork many families fill out. Over 90% of non-taxpaying estates each year will no longer have to complete inheritance tax forms when probate or confirmation is required from 1 January 2022. None of today’s announcements will have any impact on the government’s finances or require legislation in the current Finance Bill.

John Cullinane, Director of Public Policy for the Chartered Institute of Taxation, said: “We welcome the establishment of a ‘tax consultation day’ in addition to the Budget as an opportunity for more focused scrutiny of tax measures and for broadening the public conversation about tax.

“Early and open consultation, seeking views and ideas as widely as possible at the earliest possible stage of policy development, leads to better tax law, which is in the interests of both taxpayers and their advisers, and the tax authority. We look forward to responding to the consultations launched today and encourage others to do likewise.”

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