Making Your Offer Stand Out When Buying a Property.

Buying a property can sometimes be tricky, but there are ways to make your offer shine, whether it’s straightforward or involves negotiations or sealed bids. Here are some tips to help you secure your dream home: Getting Ready to Make an Offer Before making an offer, ensure your paperwork is in order. You’ll need to…Read More

Investing in Buy-to-Let Property in 2024: Five Compelling Reasons

Here are five reasons why investing in buy-to-let property in 2024 could be a smart move. Despite recent price drops, experts project that property prices will rise in the upcoming years. This presents an opportunity for investors to capitalise on potential capital appreciation, especially if they enter the market during a period of discounted prices.…Read More

When is VAT due?

As a newly VAT registered business you may find yourself asking, “When is my VAT due?” Understanding your VAT due date is essential to ensure compliance with HMRC regulations and avoid penalties. This post can provide some clarity on VAT due dates and offer tips to help you manage your VAT obligations effectively. VAT Due…Read More

Exploring Joint Ownership: Joint tenant v’s Tenants in common

If you buy, purchase, or inherit property with another individual, you must decide how you want to ‘hold’ the property together. Under UK law you can become a joint owner as either ‘joint tenants’ or ‘tenants in common’. The type of ownership you choose affects what you can do with the property if your relationship…Read More

What are consent to let mortgages?

What are consent to let mortgages? Consent to let mortgage is a formal, written agreement between you and your mortgage lender which gives you permission to rent out your home for a short period of time. It is the only legal way that you can rent out your house on a residential mortgage. It is…Read More

Can you Reduce Capital Gains Tax on your property?

Capital gains tax is the tax on any wealth (money/property) that is then used to make additional wealth or increase the value of that current wealth. For example, this could be through making capital improvements to your property to increase the value of this property. Everyone has an allowance of £6,000 annually that would enable…Read More

Capital Gains Tax on Antiques

If you have acquired some valuable antiques or artefacts or have inherited some bespoke Jewellery and wish to sell it on, you may be subject to capital gains tax. The rates for capital gains tax are at 10% for basic rate taxpayer and 20% for higher rate taxpayers. These items are known as non-wasting Chattels…Read More

What are the pros and cons of switching to the salary sacrifice scheme?

Salary sacrifice is a scheme that allows employees to exchange part of their salary in favour of savings for the future. The savings can take many non-cash benefit forms such as pension contributions. As employees are giving up a portion of their salary in favour of pension contributions their gross pay will decrease. Therefore, the…Read More

What expenses can a limited company claim?  

What does ‘allowable expense’ mean?   An allowable expense is a cost solely for business purposes.    Allowable expenses reduce a company’s taxable profits, which reduces its corporation tax liability (the amount the company owes the government in taxes).    What would classify as an allowable expense?    All expenses must have been incurred “wholly and exclusively” for…Read More

What are domestic items for tax purposes?

You may wish to know about increasing your tax relief for rental income. Whether you are an individual, in a partnership or part of a company, if you let properties, you can benefit from a tax deduction from rental income for replacing DOMESTIC ITEMS such as moveable furniture, household appliances, kitchen utensils and TV’s, etc.…Read More

What can you do with property losses?

The general concept when it comes to multiple lettings is that income and expenditure is treated as one business. Any income and expenditure in relation to overseas properties, however, will be treated as a separate business from the UK properties. In terms of income tax relief for any losses made on a property, this can’t…Read More

Charles Lyell

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