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HMRC have published responses to the consultation, ‘Capital Gains Tax: Private Residence Relief: changes to the ancillary reliefs’ together with draft legislation as part of Finance Bill 2020. The draft legislation proposes changes to the Private Residence Relief (PRR) rules for disposals on or after 6 April 2020.  A summary of the proposed changes are as follows: The fina ...

The government published draft legislation for the next Finance Bill including draft clauses on the changes to Private Residence Relief (PRR). The draft legislation is subject to consultation which closes on 5 September 2019. Following consultation this Spring, changes are proposed to the Private Residence Relief (PRR) regime from April 2020. For properties that have not been ...

The VAT domestic reverse charge for building and construction services comes into effect from 1 October 2019. The reverse charge represents part of a government clamp-down on VAT fraud. A domestic reverse charge means that a contractor receiving a supply of specified construction services must account for the output VAT due, rather than the sub-contractor who supplied the serv ...

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Ward Williams exhibited at The Property Investor & Homebuyer show on 12th-13th April 2019 at stand 72. The show is the UK's premier property expo that is the “MUST ATTEND” event for anyone serious about making money from property investment. The show was the ideal place for networking, obtaining reliable and up to date property market information and, of course, property ...

According to statistics published by HMRC more than 180,500 first-time buyers have benefitted from First Time Buyers Relief (FTBR). The relief introduced in November 2017 has saved eligible first-time buyers an estimated total amount of more than £426 million. Mel Stride MP, Financial Secretary to the Treasury, said: ‘These statistics show that the government was right to off ...

According to the latest statistics 121,500 first-time buyers have saved a total of £284,000,000 following the introduction of a relief for first-time buyers under the Stamp Duty Land Tax rules which apply in England and Northern Ireland. Over the next five years, it is estimated that this relief, part of the UK government’s housing policy will help over 1 million people getting ...

The distinction between development and investing in property is crucial for tax purposes. Often it will be quite clear-cut as to whether a person is trading or investing in land. A person buying property to let out long term will be making a property investment, whereas someone buying a property to refurbish and sell will most likely be trading as a property developer. There c ...

A payment on account of capital gains tax will need to be made when a residential property is sold from April 2020. Payment will be due within 30 days of completion and the seller will have to submit a “payment on account” return at the same time. The changes affect those selling a second home or rental property. They will not apply to disposals covered by principal private r ...

As from 6 April 2015, non-residents are liable to UK capital gains tax (CGT) on the sale of residential dwellings situated in the UK. This change was implemented in order to bring the UK in line with many other countries, with an established pattern of taxing property situated in their jurisdiction. A PPR election is available where the non-resident individual spends at least 9 ...