Highlighted below are areas to review before 5 April 2023.
Refurbishments - If you are planning refurbishments, you may want to deliberately choose whether you want relief in either the current tax year or next tax year. If you bring forward planned refurbishment costs, you may obtain tax relief in in the 2022/23 tax year rather than the following year.
Sharing property Income - You should consider whether property is more tax efficient owned jointly, perhaps with a taxpayer who pays tax at a lower tax rate than you.
Furnished holiday let (FHL) - A property qualifying as a furnished holiday let can benefit from various tax reliefs which are generally not available to property rental businesses, such as:
If your property business can be reformed to meet the FHL rules, you could benefit from these tax rules. Landlords should review the status of their properties prior to the end of the tax year, to see if there are any reasonable steps they can take to meet the FHL status for the 2022/23 tax year.
Rent a Room Scheme - Tax relief of up to £7,500 for the 2022/23 tax year can be claimed where an individual rents out a room in their main residence.
Property income allowance - The tax-free property allowance of £1,000 can be claimed instead of deducting rental expenses if this is more beneficial.
Pension contributions - Making pension contributions can be an effective pre-year end planning tool to decrease the years income tax payable. For some, they are also able to recoup their personal allowance, giving relief up to 60%.
Charitable donations - Making charitable donations can also be an effective pre-year end planning tool to decrease the years income tax payable.
Future income tax rate changes - The income level at which the additional rate of tax (45%) applies is changing from 6 April 2023, so it starts at £125,140 rather than £150,000.How will this change impact you and do you need to be taking any action to reduce its impact?
You may consider bringing forward the payment of income ahead of 6 April 2023, before the reduction of the additional rate tax band.
Holding property in a family investment company - The restriction in the loan interest relief for income tax purposes has meant, to remain financially viable, some landlords have used companies to hold rental property. This has a number of benefits including a lower rate of tax on rental profits. You should review whether a company could be right for you. More detail can be found here: Family Investment Companies.
Future Capital Gains Tax rate changes - The capital gains tax annual exemption is decreasing from £12,300 to £6,000 from 6 April 2023, and further decreasing to £3,000 from 6 April 2024. You may consider accelerating the disposal of chargeable assets before the reduction to the annual exemption.
Dividend tax - Should you take a dividend in the current tax year, or should you defer it until next year. Using up this year’s tax bands and allowances should be reviewed as it may be more tax efficient.
The dividend tax-free allowance will be decreasing from £2,000 to £1,000 from 6 April 2023. There will then be a further reduction to £500 from 6 April 2024.
We can help landlords with a review of the tax efficiency of their affairs, including the following:
With the tax rules taking a big bite out of financial returns, it is more important than ever that landlords structure their affairs in a tax efficient way.
At Crowe, we can help you with all aspects of property taxation, ensuring your affairs are structured to ensure you get the most out of your property portfolio. Please get in touch with Mark Stemp or your usual Crowe contact.
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