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The three Kings’ effect on property prices – and ATED

Nick Parrett

14 December 2016

Three Kings made the journey to Bethlehem to seek the baby Jesus, according to the Christmas story. As they were men of learning and proclaimed to be extremely wise, they may well have considered purchasing property as a base for … Read More >>

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What a relief – replacement of residence tax break is more generous than you might think

Naomi Nesbit

13 December 2016

Santa Claus has some surprises in store for some second homeowners this Christmas who are moving out of their main residence – so you might want to check your status regarding SDLT. When the government introduced the additional 3% SDLT … Read More >>

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Property tax reforms: time for the Chancellor to make the most of his new role

Nick Parrett

22 November 2016

The Autumn Statement is nearly upon us and the press has focused on a number of property-related aspects that could be contained within. Boosting homeownership, stabilising Generation Rent and Stamp Duty reforms are all things that have been under the … Read More >>

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Buy to let investment may have just got more taxing

Tim Collerton

26 September 2016

We’ve all heard the news. The Government is acting on its pledge to encourage more first time buyers to market by making it more difficult – or at least more expensive – for buy to let investors. What you may … Read More >>

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A taxing dilemma for property

Kevin Walmsley

08 September 2016

It is an occupational hazard for Ministers taking office in a reshuffle that they take on unfinished business from their predecessors. The housing market is one of those areas of potentially unfinished business that the UK’s new Chancellor of the … Read More >>

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SDLT: More concrete conclusions required

Tim Collerton

11 July 2016

As part of the initiative to enable more people to own their own homes, the Government recently put up Stamp Duty on second properties and is trying to encourage more house building. If the Stamp Duty increase was intended to … Read More >>

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SDLT: Are you exempt?

Tim Collerton

21 April 2016

According to a recent article in the Telegraph it looks as though some second property owners are flouting the new Stamp Duty Land Tax rules – with certain conditions of course. Ramping up stamp duty New rules relating to Stamp … Read More >>

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Government’s new housebuilding plans start with the small

Tim Collerton

22 March 2016

It is well known that the housebuilding sector has been enjoying a sabbatical following many years in the recession’s grip. Recently, the larger players such as Bovis Homes and Taylor Wimpey have reported sales highs and record operating profits, which … Read More >>

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Landlords’ new obligations for border force

Tim Collerton

08 March 2016

From 1st February 2016 the Government introduced new obligations for managing agencies and landlords to check that their tenants are legally eligible to live in their rented properties. At the moment, the law only applies to property in England, but … Read More >>

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Building in changes to CIS

Tim Collerton

25 February 2016

The Government has just announced new mandatory online filing of Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) returns and verifications that will mean contractors and authorised agents will need to submit their forms using an online service, bringing an end to paper filing. … Read More >>

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