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A targeted stamp duty land tax change could make downsizing less painful
George Bull

23 June 2020

The Chancellor is looking for simple tax measures to boost the economy after coronavirus. We suggest a Stamp Duty Land Tax change which would help older people maintain independent living while reducing intergenerational inequality.

Thousands of homeowners hit with additional stamp duty liability
George Bull

31 January 2018

According to the government’s quarterly stamp duty statistics, the additional 3 per cent Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) charge aimed at people buying second homes or buy-to-let properties raised £2.05 billion stamp duty in 2017.

£7,500 tax free? Game, set and match to the rent-a-room scheme
George Bull

04 July 2017

HMRC’s generous rent-a-room scheme offers households the prospect of tax-free income from letting spare rooms during the Wimbledon tennis tournament and other summer events. But if receipts exceed the £7,500 limit and no tax return is filed, then the sweet taste of strawberries and cream may become very bitter when the taxman catches up with them.

Will landlord tax changes be reversed in Autumn Statement?
George Bull

26 October 2016

With the scrapping of pension annuity sales confirming that Theresa May’s government is prepared to reverse some of the policies of her predecessors, we ask whether the landlord tax changes might succumb to the new Chancellor’s hatchet in the Autumn Statement.

An opportunity to reform the UK tax system?
George Bull

13 September 2016

Recent statements by the Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond suggest a willingness to overturn some of the piecemeal changes put forward by his predecessor and to take a broader view of the UK fiscal system. So what can we expect at the Autumn Statement? We suggest five areas that the Chancellor may wish to tackle.

Beware Chancellors bearing Budget Day gifts warns RSM
George Bull

09 March 2016

With the referendum on the UK’s EU membership now set for 23 June, the Chancellor is coming under increasing pressure not to rock the boat with more tax hikes on Budget Day.

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