‘Landlady’ Angela Rayner withholds tax advice as police investigate

‘Landlady’ Angela Rayner withholds tax advice as police investigate

9:36 AM, 3rd April 2024, About 3 weeks ago 14

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Angela Rayner has again refused to publish the tax advice she has been given over selling her council house – as Greater Manchester Police (GMP) says it will reinvestigate the matter.

The move follows criticism from Conservative Party deputy chairman, James Daly, of the police after they said there was nothing to investigate on whether Ms Rayner had broken electoral law.

Mr Daly complained that officers had not contacted witnesses or looked at relevant documents.

GMP says the case will be reconsidered by a detective chief inspector.

The Daily Mail reports today (Wednesday) that neighbours of Ms Rayner who dispute her version of events haven’t been approached by police yet.

They insist that the MP and her former partner did not maintain two homes but lived in one.

Neighbours also insist that Ms Rayner’s brother lived in the council house she bought – and he referred to her as his ‘landlady’.

Information on Ms Rayner’s electoral roll submission

Mr Daly has also written Stockport Council asking for information on Ms Rayner’s electoral roll submission.

He is also asking about her council tax claims, and potential council tax or electoral roll fraud.

Mr Daly wants the council to reveal whether Ms Rayner claimed the single-person discount on council tax at her home.

The implication is that if her brother was living there with her, that would amount to council tax fraud.

And, if her brother was living there but she wasn’t, that would confirm electoral roll fraud.

Will comply with any requests for information

Ms Rayner has stated that she will comply with any requests for information from the police or HMRC, but she will not disclose her personal details from the past 15 years.

She told BBC Today programme: “I am confident that I’ve done absolutely nothing wrong. I’ve been very clear on my advice that I’ve received.”

When questioned why she shouldn’t put that advice into the public domain, she replied: “Because that’s my personal tax advice.

“But I’m happy to comply with the necessary authorities that want to see that.

“But I don’t think we are going down the road of MPs, whenever somebody says, ‘Well what is happening with your capital gains tax’, we want to see all the information and detail.

“If we are, I am happy. If we are all going to have a level playing field… you show me yours and I’ll show you mine.”

Some critics have argued that Ms Rayner has previously called for Conservatives to reveal their tax affairs in Parliament.

They include a Tory by-election candidate and telling the MP Nadhim Zahawi to ‘come clean’ over his tax issues at the time.

Controversy over the Stockport house sale

The controversy over the Stockport house sale, which was her former council house, was bought by Ms Rayner in 2007 under the Right to Buy scheme.

It was registered as her primary address on the electoral roll.

Consequently, she was exempt from paying capital gains tax on the £48,000 profit made from the property’s sale in 2015.

A few weeks after her wedding to Mark Rayner in 2010, she updated the birth records of her two youngest children to his address, located just over a mile away.

This has led to speculation about whether she had relocated to live with her now-separated husband without updating her electoral register address.

According to HMRC regulations, only one property can be designated as the primary residence by married or civilly partnered couples.

Ms Rayner says the news stories are a ‘smear’ and have been ‘manufactured’.


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Peter

11:21 AM, 3rd April 2024, About 3 weeks ago

I’m SOOOOO enjoying this. Delicious.

Beaver

13:08 PM, 3rd April 2024, About 3 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by Peter at 03/04/2024 - 11:21
So the article says:

"People who lived next to Sir Keir Starmer's number two before she became an MP have told the Daily Mail her claim that she and her husband maintained separate homes following their 2010 marriage is untrue."

I could be wrong but I suspect that these reports will be dismissed as hearsay.

And on this:

“But I don’t think we are going down the road of MPs, whenever somebody says, ‘Well what is happening with your capital gains tax’, we want to see all the information and detail.

“If we are, I am happy. If we are all going to have a level playing field… you show me yours and I’ll show you mine.”

That's not going to happen is it? So I suspect that this will be dismissed. But if she had a family member living in the property there will be a reason for that.

Monty Bodkin

13:37 PM, 3rd April 2024, About 3 weeks ago

“I’ve been very clear on my advice that I’ve received.”
When questioned why she shouldn’t put that advice into the public domain, she replied: “Because that’s my personal tax advice.
But I’m happy to comply with the necessary authorities that want to see that."

MP's should be held accountable to the general public not just necessary authorities.

Blodwyn

13:59 PM, 3rd April 2024, About 3 weeks ago

Why?

Juan Laconic

14:21 PM, 3rd April 2024, About 3 weeks ago

It is law that when you marry any children that were born before the marriage then have to be re-registered
Although her primary address may well have been in Vicarage Road - the house attracting the most CGT would have been the Lowndes Lane one and that would have been the one that was nominated, Therefore it would be exempt from any capital gain.
The £48,500 gain over the purchase price of the Vicarage Road property would be wiped out by the Capital Gain Annual Exemption , The Private Residence Relief , Any fees incurred in the purchase and sale, and any improvements made to the property.

Cider Drinker

15:47 PM, 3rd April 2024, About 3 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by Juan Laconic at 03/04/2024 - 14:21
No point making assumptions. If the property was in just her name then there would have been just one CGT exempt amount. But there’d be fines for late payment.

If it walks like a crook, talks like a crook and swims like a crook..

Tim

18:26 PM, 3rd April 2024, About 3 weeks ago

I have written to Manchester Police who have done everything possible to deflect my queries just closing it down. So neighbours state that she said she was a “landlady” and her brother lived there. Presumably paying rent which I have to declare in my BTL properties under “Land And Property”. Did she or did she not do that if she was living elsewhere. And I assume initially signed up to a “Residential” mortgage. My understanding that mortgagors don’t take too kindly if in fact the property is let and a BTL facility not contracted. Having said that appreciate that some mortgage companies do take a relaxed view but just feel given the grief I have little doubt she will throw at us that the police should be investigating all possible angles.

Juan Laconic

7:34 AM, 4th April 2024, About 3 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by Cider Drinker at 03/04/2024 - 15:47
No CGT is owing due to the time limit being past for the collection of tax that has been carelessly avoided....

Cider Drinker

8:07 AM, 4th April 2024, About 3 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by Juan Laconic at 04/04/2024 - 07:34
Could you provide an official (dot gov) link that supports your statement?

There are time limits for claiming refunds of tax. Failure to pay is a different matter with fines and interest at 5%. For an elected MP, the implications are more serious.

Blodwyn

11:10 AM, 4th April 2024, About 3 weeks ago

I suspect a lot of folk are barking up a non existing tree? All a little boring?
Angela Rayner has done very well with her life and this is from a life long Conservative, not born with a silver spoon. There are too many of our party who have made far more than AR (if she made any) who are keeping their heads far too low. I am dealing at this time with the estate of a former Conservative official who is alleged to have never paid income tax on rented property? If true, dwarfs Angela Rayner's possible mistake? She may have got duff advice from a bloke in a pub, so b.... what?

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