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What Is A Rent A Room Relief?

9th August 2019

Rent a Room Relief is an optional scheme that allows you to earn up to £7,500 a year tax-free when you let out furnished accommodation to a lodger in your main home. The government introduced the scheme to increase the availability of low-cost accommodation - so don’t miss out. If you want to let a spare room ...read more

Budget 2017, Episode 2

23rd November 2017

Leading up to yesterday’s Budget there was speculation that Philip Hammond would announce some major shake-ups to certain aspects of the taxation system. This was fuelled by the Budget earlier in the year being relatively uneventful and the political environment having changed substantially in the months since then. However, save for one change, the Chancellor of the Exchequer delivered another ...read more

‘Staircase tax’ sees business rates on the rise

13th September 2017

Many small businesses have been on the receiving end of substantial business rate bills this year, as the government’s Valuation Office Agency (VOA) has started to act on the implications of a 2015 Supreme Court ruling that was delayed by two years. Some businesses which operate from different rooms or floors have seen particularly large increases in their bills, which ...read more

Couples – beware of the stamp duty surcharge

30th August 2017

Are you or your spouse/civil partner considering purchasing a property? If so, it may be subject to the higher rate of Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT). Before delving in to the detail, let’s first remind ourselves of what SDLT is. In simple terms, it is a tax on the purchase of land and property which is calculated as a percentage of ...read more