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HMRC dragging its heels with SDLT refunds - 8 Feb, 2018

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Those caught out by the second home Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) surcharge, when purchasing a new permanent residence before selling their previous one, are facing significant delays before receiving SDLT…

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SDLT: Important changes but, so far, little impact - 8 Feb, 2018

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As part of the Budget announcements in November 2017, the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, cut SDLT on homes valued up to £300,000 for first-time buyers. He also confirmed that first-time buyers purchasing…

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Will the UK’s property tax system ever be fair? - 8 Feb, 2018

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The UK’s property tax system has long been deemed ‘unfair’ and there is constant discussion about what could – and should – be changed to make it more even-handed for everyone. But, as time goes…

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£16.7 billion in tax relief still available to landlords despite recent changes - 8 Feb, 2018

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A new study highlighted by the press this month suggests that UK landlords will still benefit from significant tax savings after 2020, despite the Government’s efforts to restrict mortgage interest tax…

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HMRC clamps down on landlords paying incorrect tax - 8 Feb, 2018

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HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), as part of its efforts to combat tax evasion, is looking to clamp down on landlords who are not paying the correct tax. The tax authority recently revealed plans that would…

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Little relief for businesses if rates rise with inflation - 27 Oct, 2017

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It’s estimated that somewhere in the region of 56,000 small businesses will face steep tax increases next year and that, by April, business rate increases will have totalled £152 million. For those…

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Overseas landlords investing less in the UK - 27 Oct, 2017

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According to one of the UK’s largest letting agents, Countrywide, around five per cent of UK homes currently have overseas owners compared to just 12 per cent in 2010. In London, the percentage of overseas…

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First-time buyers could see Stamp Duty Land Tax cut - 27 Oct, 2017

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It has been reported that the Chancellor could be considering a Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) cut of around 1 per cent for first-time buyers, amongst a raft of ‘bold’ measures being studied ahead of the…

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Buy-to-let landlords: warnings, worries and wariness - 27 Oct, 2017

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The dynamic of the buy-to-let market has changed considerably in recent times as the Government has attempted to ‘level the playing-field’ for buyers who feel they have been priced out of the market…

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Investors unaware of ATED - 27 Oct, 2017

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With a rise in house prices and significant changes to the implementation of Annual Tax on Enveloped Dwellings (ATED), many investors and landlords are unwittingly unaware of their liabilities. ATED was…

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