Three Ways to Save Landlord Tax You Probably Don’t Know

The reason for claiming property business expenses is simple – every pound offset in the accounts cuts rental profits and decreases the tax a landlord must pay.

  • Home as office costs – These can vary depending on the size of a landlord’s property business. Every landlord can claim either a flat rate or calculate an amount based on time and space used for business at home. Either claim a flat rate or claim up to £26 a month based on simplified accounting rules or more by collecting bills and working through the claim.
  • Paying a spouse or partner – If you are part of a group of friends or family owning letting property, you cannot claim compensation for spending your time on business tasks, but you can pay a non-owner for doing the work for you. The proviso is the amount paid reflects the work they carry out. The payment goes into the accounts as a business expense to reduce taxable profits. This tax strategy is also a good way of transferring the burden of pocket money for teenagers to your property business. Keep the amount below the national insurance threshold, and it’s a win/win for the company and the worker
  • Have a treat on the tax man – Business owners can claim up to £150 each every tax year on an annual dinner, including hotel costs and travel.

Don’t forget you can make retrospective claims for property business expenses by talking to a tax inspector.

As single claims, the savings may look small, but together they can add up to hundreds of pounds of expenses a year that can significantly impact taxes paid.

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