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Let property disclosure campaign

Source: HM Revenue & Customs | | 01/08/2017

HMRC’s Let Property Campaign provides landlords who have undeclared income from residential property lettings in the UK or abroad with an opportunity to regularise their affairs by disclosing any outstanding liabilities whether due to misunderstanding the tax rules or because of deliberate tax evasion.

HMRC has recently updated their online guidance Let Property Campaign, providing examples of the tax errors that landlords make and listing several examples. These examples look at scenarios involving couples moving in together, inheriting a property, divorce and moving to a care home. In all these examples, rental profits need to be declared to HMRC.

The campaign was launched in September 2013 and does not currently have an end date. Landlords who do not avail of the opportunity and are targeted by HMRC can face penalties of up to 100% of the tax due together with possible criminal prosecution.

Taxpayers that come forward will benefit from better terms and lower penalties for making a disclosure. Landlords that make an accurate voluntary disclosure are likely to face a maximum penalty of 0%, 10% or 20% depending on the circumstance on top of the tax and interest due. There are higher penalties for offshore liabilities.

Planning note:

There are three main stages to taking part in the campaign:

  • Notifying HMRC that you wish to take part,
  • Preparing an actual disclosure, and
  • Making a formal offer together with payment.

The campaign is open to all individual landlords renting out residential property, including landlords with multiple or single rentals as well as specialist landlords with student or workforce rentals. Landlords who feel that they should consider this option would be advised to take professional advice. We can help.

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