Tax checklist on buying a property

We at 1st Financial Foundations are always looking to update our clients on how to be tax efficient. This is a great article by Alan Pink who offers a helpful list of tax issues to consider when purchasing a property.

It’s generally recognised that buying a property comes somewhere on the list of highly stressful activities, along with divorce, Christmas, and filling in a VAT return. But the stress involved with arranging finance, chasing your solicitor, chasing your vendor, and wading through reams of ‘searches’ and so on, shouldn’t deflect your mind from considering the potentially very important tax aspects surrounding acquisition of a property.

So, here’s a check list, which hopefully will get you at least asking the right questions, from a tax planning point of view, when approaching a property purchase.

Lifetime ISA – What you need to know

 

The new Lifetime ISA launch date is 6 April 2017. It will be a no-brainer for first-time buyers as the government will add a 25% bonus on top of what you save – this means there will be £32,000 of free cash. For retirement savings it works the same way, but whether it beats a pension or not is a much trickier conversation. If you would like to assess the options available to you, please contact 1st Financial Foundations for further information on 01908 523 420 or email info@1stff.co.uk

How to cope with loosing buy to let tax relief

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Are you an individual or a Company affected by the change in tax on property?

The recent tax change can either hold a cloud or silver lining for you… how best to cope with these obstacles.

You could be feeling a double blow with the announcement that tax relief on buy-to-let mortgage interest payments would be slashed from April 2017 and that buy-to-let properties (and second homes) would incur an extra 3 per cent stamp duty. If you’re new to buy-to-let, you might not appreciate the grand scale of this is. Up to now, people buying to let have been able to claim tax relief on their mortgage interest payments at their marginal rate of tax. This means that a basic rate taxpayer would get 20 per cent tax relief, but those at a higher rate would receive 40 per cent relief, while top-rate taxpayers could claim 45 per cent.