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Landlord Tax Guide: How to Save Property Tax

How to Save Property Tax

If you are looking for a tax guide for landlords you have come to the right place. Since 2002 Taxcafe has been publishing How to Save Property Tax, widely regarded as the most indispensible tax book for UK landlords.

The author is Carl Bayley, a chartered accountant with over 30 years experience. Carl is a member of the governing council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). He is also vice-chairman of the Institute's tax faculty.

His landlord tax guide covers all the major taxes landlords face, including stamp duty, income tax and capital gains tax.

The book also contains lots of information for those developing or renovating property.

It's written in plain English and packed with over 100 real-life examples - some of them extremely detailed.

Although the book is written in plain English it does go into tremendous detail. No major tax issue facing landlords is left out.

The focus of the book is tax planning, ie helping you pay less tax while staying within the rules. None of the advice in the book can be construed as aggressive tax avoidance. Everything is tried and tested.

The book is aimed at non-accountants but many accountants and other professionals buy it and use it to advise their clients.

We would definitely recommend reading it before you meet with any accountant to discuss your taxes. Lots of our customers do that.

Chapter 1 - What is Property Tax

In this chapter the guide lists the various taxes landlords face and explains how they are calculated and how to deal with HMRC.

Chapter 2 - What Kind of Investor Are You?

In this chapter the guide explains the difference between the tax treatment of property letting, property development and property trading.

It also explains the tax consequences of owning property jointly with your spouse and property partnerships.

Chapter 3 - Income Tax Basics

This chapter covers things like how landlords income tax is calculated, tax returns, registering a new property business, non-residents, claiming deductions, capital allowances and the new tax relief cap.

Chapter 4 - Saving Income Tax as a Landlord

This chapter explains how you can save income tax. Subjects covered include:

Chapter 5 - Property Trading

In this chapter we explain how you can save tax if you are involved in property trading and development.

Chapter 6 - Capital Gains Tax

This is one of the most important chapters of the guide because it explains very clearly how capital gains tax is calculated and what landlords can do to reduce their exposure. Subjects covered include:

Chapter 7 - Other Taxes Landlords Need to Watch out For

In this chapter we take a look at the other taxes landlords have to know about including stamp duty, VAT, national insurance, mansion taxes and Scottish taxes.

Chapter 8 - Advanced Tax Planning for Landlords

This is one of the most useful chapters of the guide and contains a wide selection of tax planning ideas including: