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Property tax

Expert commentary and practical guidance from ICAEW related to the taxation of property in the UK regime, covering areas such as: ATED (annual tax on enveloped dwellings), business rates and stamp duty land tax.

In this section

Features and articles

Spring Statement 2019

Jane Moore rounds up the tax items from the Spring Statement 2019, including Making Tax Digital, structures and buildings allowance, tax avoidance and evasion, national minimum wage, apprenticeship levy and forthcoming papers over the rest of the year.

Business clinic: how to assess a farm diversification opportunity

Advice on appraising a farming business to determine whether its profitability can be improved by diversification.

Webinars and recordings

UK Property Tax Update webinar

Rebecca Benneyworth's on demand webinar covering changes to the taxation of residential and investment property.

Property taxes update

Following on from our popular property taxes webinar in 2016 and 2017 we are running a follow up which will concentrate on let property, looking in particular at the different taxes affecting the buy to let property owners picking up on all the recent changes.

TAXtalk May 2018

IHT is the flavour of the month, the Resolution Foundation published their take on it last week proposing a capital acquisition tax, the OTS is looking at simplification and the Chancellor promised a consultation on the taxation of trusts which will inevitably include IHT. Are they each going to come up with a different solution?

TAXtalk February 2018

On this month's edition, the TAXtalk panel will discuss the General Data Protection Regime (GDPR), tax relief for training and rent-a-room relief.

Markel Tax FAQs

Questions and answers on UK tax issues and trends from the ICAEW Tax and VAT Helpline, a subscription service provided by Markel Tax.

Markel Tax FAQs are correct at the time of going to press. To check current validity, please call the ICAEW Tax and VAT Helpline.

TAXguide 07/19: A Guide to Principal Private Residence relief

Questions around the tax treatment of someone’s principal private residence (PPR) arise with some frequency and all too often the answer is not as straightforward as might first appear. This guide considers the core rules, the traps and the key items to be aware of to help clients through this area of tax law.

TAXguide 13/18: IHT on overseas property

Finance (No 2) Act 2017 introduced significant changes to the taxation of foreign domiciliaries. In TAXguide 13/18 ICAEW, STEP, the CIOT and the Law Society have published questions and draft suggested answers to highlight and consider areas of uncertainty in the statutory provisions covering the extension of inheritance tax (IHT). Read a summary here and download the full guide.

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Property income

An overview of taxation of property as it pertains to small businesses in the UK, determined by the Income Tax (Trading and Other Income) Act 2005. This chapter has sections on the basis of assessment, relief for capital expenditure, losses, and furnished holiday lettings (FHLs).

Capital allowances on plant and machinery

An outline of allowances for small businesses provided under the Capital Allowances Act 2001. This chapter covers business premises renovation allowance, qualifying expenditure, qualifying building, and other relevant matters.

Income from property

This chapter shows how a UK taxpayer's property income is calculated, with reference to the Income Tax (Trading and Other Income) Act 2005. It explains how property income is defined, allowable expenditure, capital expenditure, losses, less premiums, and furnished holiday lettings. The calculations are illustrated with examples.

Lease premiums

A short note explaining how to calculate lease premiums under property tax.

Stamp duty land tax

A short overview of stamp duty land tax (SDLT) payable on UK land transactions, with a brief note on stamp duty reserve tax (SDRT).

Property income

Brief chapter introducing the taxation of property income, with subsections on lease premiums, the kinds of expenditures which are tax deductible, relief for certain capital expenditures, loss relief, and furnished holiday lettings.

UK tax system: an introduction, The (3rd edition)

Guide to the UK tax system for tax practitioners and students.

Transfer of a business as a going concern (TOGC)

The transfer of a business as a going concern is relevant to occupiers and investors. The provisions for TOGC mean that no VAT needs to be charged on the value of the assets; this system can also reduce the stamp duty and land tax (SDLT) bill.

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Further support

Some resources that we link to may pre-date the latest amendments to the relevant tax regulations. While these links contain useful information, please treat them with appropriate caution.

Stamp duty and other tax on property

HMRC hub with links to guidance on filing SDLT returns, tax on specific transactions, stamp duty before December 2003, and exemptions.

Stamp Duty Land Tax Manual

HMRC internal manual providing guidance on SDLT, including information on reliefs and exemptions.

Private Residence Relief: HS283 Self Assessment helpsheet

Annually updated helpsheet explaining the relief available on the disposal of a private residence. Sections cover who qualifies, CGT for non-residents, Letting Relief, calculating partial relief, residence for a dependent relative, and disposal of a settled property by trustees.

Business rates relief

Guidance on the reliefs available on business rates for small businesses, businesses in rural areas, charities and community amateur sports clubs, businesses starting up or relocating to an enterprise zone, and businesses suffering financial hardship.

Business rates on GOV.UK

Official guidance aimed at tax payers on local government business rates, including information on your rateable value and reliefs, refunds and rebates.

Annual Tax on Enveloped Dwellings: technical guidance

Detailed ATED guidance covering the charge to tax, chargeable interest and 'single-dwelling interest', the definition of 'dwelling', acquisitions and disposals, new dwellings, conversions, demolitions, reliefs, exemptions, administration, and payment.

Capital Gains Manual: Dwellings subject to ATED

HMRC internal manual on CGT applicable to properties that are subject to annual tax on enveloped dwellings, including guidance on computing ATED-related related gains and losses.

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