Buy to let investors – don’t pay too much stamp duty land tax!

As landlords will be aware, in addition to the normal rates of Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) for residential properties, there is now  a 3% SDLT surcharge which is payable on the acquisition of  a second ‘dwelling’ (e.g. a home, a buy to let, a holiday let).   So how does this charge affect you […]

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Should I save for retirement using an ISA or a pension fund?

In considering this choice, the first point to note is that in the absence of tax considerations the return on an investment should be the same regardless of the ‘wrapper’ on the investment product. Nevertheless, many people previously preferred to invest in ISAs because the whole of the fund could be drawn at any time, […]

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The impact of VAT and Income Tax on a Landlord’s profits

If you are in the property letting business you might find the following information useful when appraising the cost of building projects, because VAT and Income Tax can make a very significant impact on your profitability. The general rule is that short term ‘net of tax’ costs are lower if expenditure is categorised as being ‘repairs/refurbishments’ related […]

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Should you incorporate your Residential Property Letting Business?

If you own a business which lets out residential property, you will not be alone if you are finding it difficult to assess the impact of the many tax changes that have been made in recent years. It doesn’t help that some of these changes only affect incorporated businesses (limited companies) whilst others only affect […]

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