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Beating The Buy-To-Let Tax Changes

Any buy-to-let investments are now subject to a new, higher form of taxation. If you are one of the landlords affected, will you be able to cope with the new tax increases? In short, the changes mean that it is no longer possible to offset your mortgage interest against your profits and by 2020 none of the interest will be tax deductable. The result of this is a higher tax bill for many landlords across the UK. Taxation Changes The new rules only apply to private individual landlords, so those who own properties through companies should be unaffected. The changes to the rules mean that if you are one of the higher-rate tax payers, it is no longer possible to offset all of your mortgage interest against your rental income. If that income has not increased then you are likely to be hit with a higher tax bill. This is...
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What the New Tax Changes Mean for Landlords

As most of us in the residential property investment sector are already aware last Thursday saw the introduction of the first phase of a new government tax move to penalise landlords. Legislation cutting tax relief for higher earning landlords (those earning more than £40,000 per annum) will be phased out gradually over four years and replaced with a standard 20 per cent tax credit. Before April 6, higher earning landlords were able to deduct mortgage interest payments of up to 45 per cent from their tax bills. Like the 3% Stamp Duty on BTL and second homes, the new legislation is intended to hurt landlords in the pocket. And certainly, for some landlords, they’ll be paying more in tax than they make in profit. That’s because they’ll be charged on their full rental income (rather than just profit). Investor Steve Bolton, who led – and lost - a court challenge...
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How can landlords understand and cope with mortgage interest tax relief changes?

  Unless you have been living under a rock recently, you should be aware of some imminent alterations to mortgage interest tax relief. The changes are set to come into force this week (April 6th) and are sure to have implications for buy-to-let landlords and tenants alike.But just what is changing and what can investors do in order to cope, ultimately maximising their returns?Ryan Weston, of Just Landlord Insurance Services, explains:What is changing? ‘In the Summer Budget of 2015, then Chancellor George Osborne announced plans to alter how mortgage interest tax relief is calculated by buy-to-let landlords.Presently, landlords can cut their taxable income by deducting the cost of some expenses. These include letting agent fees, mortgage interest and repairs. Under the new legislation, landlords will still be able to deduct those costs, but cannot offset the cost of their mortgage interest from their rental income when working out profits.  Instead,...
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Let It Be?

New rules on tax relief and loan affordability being implemented in April will hit the profits of many buy-to-let investors.It has been a strong decade for UK property prices and rental incomes. Despite a marked dip in the second half of 2016, rental prices have still risen by around 30% since 2010. (Back in mid-2016 that figure was closer to 40%.1) Low interest rates and regulatory tailwinds have encouraged many landlords to increase the number of buy-to-let properties they own, while the UK’s economic and jobs recovery has helped to keep rental demand buoyant.Yet the tide appears to be turning. New rules due to be implemented from April will phase out higher rate tax relief on mortgage interest for buy-to-let. The maximum relief for higher rate taxpayers will ultimately fall to 20% in 2020.2 The impact of the drop may be substantial.“The tax changes that will start taking effect from April...
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Bridging Finance: A Lifeline for Buy-to-Let Landlords?

  With each passing year, getting business done seems to become that little bit harder for buy-to-let landlords. Or at least, those looking to expand their property portfolios, or perhaps get into the sector for the first time. As it stands, more landlords than ever before are finding themselves instinctively turning to alternative financial products and services, in order to make any headway whatsoever in the private rental sector. Much of the spike in bridging loans activity as of late can of course be attributed to the Bank of England’s decision to make it more difficult than ever before to get hold of buy-to-let financing – primarily due to stricter affordability tests and tighter borrowing rules. The figures are relatively self-explanatory. According to a recent report published by MTF, somewhere in the region of 85% of all brokers have been unable to find suitable buy-to-let financial products for at least...
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