Selling residential property could soon cost more

From 6th April 2020 a number of changes are planned that could impact anyone selling residential property.


 

New tax return and pay tax early

Where a residential property is disposed of after 5 April 2020 and a chargeable gain arises the seller, within 30 days of the sale completing, will be required to;

  • complete a Residential Property Return, and
  • pay over the Capital Gains Tax at the same time.

This legislation has already been enacted within the Finance Act 2019.

 

Less relief for homeowners

From 6 April 2020, the final period of exemption for Private Residence Relief will be reduced to 9 months from the current 18 months. In addition Lettings Relief will be restricted and only available to those that lived in the property at the same time as the tenant.

This legislation is currently in draft within the Finance Bill 2019-20 and has not yet received Royal Assent.

 

These changes could have costly implications and so clients thinking of selling residential property that may be caught by the changes may wish to sell prior to 6 April 2020 to avoid the extra burden and tax.

 

 

Act now:

 

If you are not already, please start letting your clients know about the changes

  • For those looking to sell property after 5 April 2020 they may need your help to calculate the tax and complete the tax return within 30 days of the competition of the sale.
  • For some it may be worth defering any changes in property ownership until after 5th April 2020.

 

If you do not already you may wish to start encouraging clients with residential property to keep records and evidence of purchase costs, and significant improvements. These could help save significant amounts of tax and time when they come to sell the properties, especially given the tight timeframe to prepare the Tax Return and pay the tax.

Many residential landlords may already be keeping great records. It is worth encouraging the other landlords to start keeping similar great records now. Do you consider recording similar information for individuals living in their own home, just in case one day they start renting it out or there are possible tax consequences?

 

 

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