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Property Tax: Loan Interest Relief Restrictions

You may need to re-evaluate your property business ...



It has been known for a while about the impact that loan interest relief restrictions will have on residential landlords. However, it still surprises me the number of people that I meet that have not yet considered how this will impact on their finances ...

Your property tax bill may rise considerably over the next few years!

Your property tax bill may rise considerably over the next few years!

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So why might this be? 2017/18 is the first year of the restriction and so landlords will not yet be feeling the bite. Combine this with the fact that interest rates are low, so while the increase in tax will undoubtedly hurt, it may just be bearable.

However, with interest rates predicted to rise in 2018, things may become painful!"

So what are the tax changes? Well, in the Summer Budget 2015, it was announced that new rules would be introduced to cap tax relief on mortgage interest, for residential property landlords.

Tax relief is to be restricted to the basic rate of 20% and individuals with properties that meet the definition of a furnished holiday let will be unaffected by these changes.

The changes are being phased in over 4 years and started in April 2017 as follows:

  • Tax Year 2017/18 - 75% finance costs relievable, 25% restricted to basic rate

  • Tax Year 2018/19 - 50% finance costs relievable, 50% restricted to basic rate

  • Tax Year 2019/20 - 25% finance costs relievable, 75% restricted to basic rate

  • Tax Year 2020/21 - All at basic rate

Significant additional costs will arise as a result of these changes, particularly for those that own property portfolios that are highly geared.

To help illustrate the effect of the changes for higher rate taxpayers, the following example compares the taxation of rental profits in 2016/17 with 2020/21. Let's say that Ted owns a single unfurnished buy to let property and is a 40% tax payer:

In this case, whilst Ted's liability will increase, he still has cash in his pocket. However, for some landlords who have a portfolio of properties which are very highly geared may, as a result of these changes, be out of pocket after tax.

"These landlords will need to assess the viability of their business going forward!"

One of the options open to such a landlord is considered in my blog post called Transferring a Property Letting Business To A Company and for further advice, do give me a call on 01908 774323 or click here to send me an email enquiry and I'll see how I can help you.

Until next time ...


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Helen brings the personal tax planning experience of the top 20 tax companies to Essendon. Formerly of MacIntyre Hudson (with 45 offices nationwide), Helen worked at Chancery for more than 10 years before joining Essendon as the personal tax specialist.

Tax Planning can make a considerable difference to your tax liability. Helen has specialist knowledge and experience in tax planning and uses every opportunity to minimise your tax bill is utilised. By analysing your investments, income, profit and expenditures, Helen will provide strategic tax planning expertise that could offer significant savings, whilst delivering clear, honest advice and guidance.

When Helen is not at Essendon she spends time with her young son and likes going on long walks with the family dog.