VAT on Residential Property Projects

VAT on residential property projects

‘I’m starting a project converting and improving a run-down property for residential letting purposes. My builder says he must charge me 20% VAT as he is VAT registered.  Is this correct?’ In some cases your builder would be correct; however in many situations you should actually be charged a reduced rate of VAT, at 5% or even […]

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Key points and changes from the Autumn 2017 Budget

Autumn budget 2017

Property First-time buyers now will not pay any stamp duty on properties up to £300,000, and for London, the first £300,000 on properties up to £500,000 will be exempt. This can be a significant saving for first time buyers, benefiting almost all first-time buyers. Councils have been given power to charge 100% council tax premiums […]

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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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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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