Moving a BTL portfolio into a Ltd company structure with no CGT

Moving a BTL portfolio into a Ltd company structure with no CGT

19:12 PM, 15th July 2015, About 6 years ago 18

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If you could transfer your properties to a limited company without paying any capital gains on the transfer would you be interested? Simon Lever

Massive thanks to Property118 member Simon Lever for sharing this information. Simon is a Chartered Accountant and Business Advisor.

In Simon’s own words ….

“I refer you to the case of Elizabeth Moyne Ramsey v HMRC [2013] UKUT 266 TC.

The basic facts are that after an appeal it was held that the transfer of a property letting business to a limited company was allowable for incorporation relief for CGT and therfore no CGT was payable on the transfer of the shares into the company.

The tribunal details are here.

You will need to take your own advice on this.

There are downsides in respect of the value of the shares that have to be issued, what value is given to the properties and if the lenders would agree to transfer their lending.

However it is a big step to be able to transfer the properties to a limited company without CGT.

I think this is another option that will possibly help you.”

For a commentary please see the embedded video below.


by Simon Lever

1:12 AM, 16th July 2015, About 6 years ago


You need to read the full tribunal decision or get your accountant/solicitor to do so.

The facts of this particular case are slightly different from just investing in property and maintaining it. The freeholders went the extra mile to look after their property (1 building, 20 flats).

They personally cleaned the common parts for example.

If you wish to use this method you MUST take independent advice. I have posted the information but take no responsibility for you following it. As I said every case is different.

There is more that has to follow after this to get some of the value back out of the company but your accountant should be able to advise you on this. (Private company buying back shares).

I would also point out that this is an upper tier tribunal decision which to my knowledge has not been appealed by HMRC. However the premise of the whole case is the difference in the definition of a business and a trade.

It works for CGT but do not extrapolate to income tax. Property investment is not a trade and is not taxed as a trade.

It can be changed by statute as well.

by Simon Lever

1:15 AM, 16th July 2015, About 6 years ago

Also please note. Whilst there is no CGT on the transfer of the property to the company it is deferred and will become payable on the disposal of the shares.


9:45 AM, 16th July 2015, About 6 years ago

A good friend has a problem, she bought land over 20 years ago as an investment, and placed it in the name of a Limited Company mostly to ring fence it from seizure, if, her familys building business (a precarious volatile trade) ever went bankrupt. It didn't.

In the accounts this land is shown at it's 1990 value. Is there a way she can show its true 2015 value, in order to improve her companies Assets image and Credit score profile without incurring tax problems and investigations. The current credit score is low - but if these assets are included at today's market value in the accounts - then the credit score goes favourable upwards and sky high. What should she do.?

by Simon Lever

9:58 AM, 16th July 2015, About 6 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Bob Sherwood" at "16/07/2015 - 09:45":

Not quite relevant to this thread but the answer is a simple yes.

She should talk to her accountant about revaluing the land. She may need to pay a professional valuer.

The increase in value is an unrealised gain and if she increases the value of the land in the balance sheet this will also create an undistributable reserve in her capital.

There will be no tax to pay on the gain until it becomes realised. ie when the land is sold/disposed of.

She should also recognise the potential tax due on the revaluation by way of a deferred tax provision.

by Mark Alexander

11:38 AM, 16th July 2015, About 6 years ago

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by Rob Bryer

12:28 PM, 16th July 2015, About 6 years ago

Is there something you could do here with lease options? Let's say for instance I set up a ltd company that leased the property from me personally? Could this work?

by Mark Alexander

12:37 PM, 16th July 2015, About 6 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Rob Bryer" at "16/07/2015 - 12:28":

Please walk me through step by step how you think that might work, including example figures if possible please.

by Damien D

13:55 PM, 16th July 2015, About 6 years ago

Hi, i have a question re CGT in reference to transferring assets from personal to ltd company ownership. I guess the issue is how the value of the asset is assessed for CGT when it is being sold/bought.

If i am effectively selling a property to my own ltd company, can i not set the value myself – for example the price i paid for it or the value of the mortgage?

So if i bought a property, say 3 years ago for £100k, its market value now may be £120k, but what is stopping me selling to my ltd company for £100k = no gain, no cgt?

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13:58 PM, 16th July 2015, About 6 years ago

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by Mark Alexander

14:03 PM, 16th July 2015, About 6 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "damien " at "16/07/2015 - 13:55":

HMRC have wide ranging powers to deal with transfers at an under value, for example, they can unwind the sale or tax as if it had happened at market value.

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