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A few tips to help you avoid property tax pitfalls in 2020

As a buy-to-let landlord it is highly likely that you will have to pay tax. However, the rules on paying tax on rental income can be quite complicated for some people, especially as they often change.

To help those of you who are unsure about your tax obligations, here are a few tips to help you avoid any property tax pitfalls:

  • You can claim back allowable expenses incurred, such as buying and selling costs, as well as certain property improvement costs, enabling you to reduce your tax bill, but you must make sure that you keep a clear record of all these.
  • Stay organised by keeping all of your records up-to-date and accurate, including key documents for legal and tax purposes.
  • Any losses arising can be carried forward and offset against future profits from the same property, so keep a record of these.
  • Although the initial cost of furnishing a rental property is not an allowable expense, replacement furniture relief is available on a like-for-like basis.
  • Capital Gains Tax is payable on the disposal of a property which is not your main home. Additional reliefs are available on properties which were once your main residence, but have since been let out.
  • Do consider getting professional advice from an accountant, estate agent or lawyer to get the most out of being a buy-to-let investor, ensuring that you remain compliant.

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