SDLT charges in residential property

Stamp Duty Land Tax is a tax you will need to pay if you buy property or land over a certain price in the UK. How much SDLT tax you will need to pay will vary due to a few factors such as: Stamp Duty Land Tax rates as of present, up to the 31st…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

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

How can I Maximise my Child Benefit Income in the UK? A Guide to Tax Efficiency with Gift Aid and Pension Contributions

The child benefit system in the UK offers valuable financial support to families with children. However, many families are unaware of potential tax-saving opportunities that can enhance their child benefit income. In this blog, we explore how strategic financial planning through gift aid donations and pension contributions can optimise tax savings and maximise benefits for…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

How can I increase my Gift Aid?

According to HMRC, millions of pounds of higher and additional rate tax relief goes unclaimed every year because individuals either don’t realise they are entitled to it, or they fail to identify their gift aid payments made. If you make a gift aid donation or a donation to a community amateur sports club (CASC), this…Read More

Can I Gift my property and still live there?

Gifting property is where the ownership of the property is transferred without compensation. However, when gifting a property, there are many rules when it comes to taxes making the matter more complex. In particular, the concept of “gifts with reservation” has significant implications for both the donor and the recipient. Understanding these implications is crucial…Read More

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