Many landlords are deciding to sell their residential properties.
From 6 April 2020 none of the interest and finance charges relating to those properties can be deducted from the rental income. Instead the landlord receives a tax credit equal to 20% of the interest to set against their income tax bill. Any gain you make from selling your residential property is taxed at 28% if you are a higher rate taxpayer, or at 18% if you are a basic rate taxpayer.
As your former home was let you can also claim lettings relief which reduces the gain by up to £40,000.
However, you can deduct the following from the proceeds to calculate the taxable gain:
- solicitors’ and estate agents’ fees paid on the sale and purchase;
- cost of improvements you made to the property;
- stamp duty land tax (or Scottish or Welsh equivalents) paid on purchase; and
- your annual capital gains tax exemption (£12,000 for 2019-20).
If the property was ever your main home for tax purposes you can also eliminate the proportion of the gain which relates to the period during which you occupied it as your home, plus the gain relating to the last 18 months of ownership. As your former home was let you can also claim lettings relief which reduces the gain by up to £40,000.
Beware, if you sell the property after 6 April 2020 the exempt gain for the last period of ownership is reduced to only 9 months and the lettings relief may be completely eliminated.
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This note was published from our Summer 2019 Tax Briefing dated June 2019
Please be aware that the information above may have changed in subsequent months.
This note is written for the general interest of our clients and is not a substitute for consulting the relevant legislation or for taking professional advice.