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A land value tax to replace business rates?
George Bull

22 August 2018

Against a background of suggestions that the UK has to make tough choices between raising taxes and cutting services, the Liberal Democrats recommend the complete scrapping of business rates and their replacement with a land value tax. But will it work?

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.

After the ‘dementia tax’, will we see a land value tax?
George Bull

22 May 2017

The Conservative Party manifesto promises that ‘we will work with private and public-sector house builders to capture the increase in land value created when they build’. That’s a land value tax, isn’t it?

Do tax subsidies for housing really skew the investment landscape?
George Bull

04 May 2016

A recent report from the National Institute of Economic and Social Research argues that tax subsidies for housing are causing households to concentrate on buying property at the expense of other, more economically productive, forms of long-term saving. It’s an interesting, albeit flawed, line of argument, but isn’t there one very important factor missing from their reasoning?

If you’re a tax inspector, what’s not to like about property
George Bull

17 March 2016

Tax authorities love property. You can see it, value it and send tax demands to the occupiers. It was therefore no surprise that in his Budget 2016 speech, after years spent increasing the tax yield from residential property, the Chancellor turned his attention to commercial property.

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.

Weekly Tax Brief - 13 October 2015
George Bull

12 October 2015

Round-up of the latest tax news and developments...

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