The situation where a married couple or civil partners jointly own an investment property that they let out is a familiar one, but when it comes to the rental income, special rules apply.
From April 2017, a new nil rate band – the residence nil rate band (RNRB) – is available for inheritance tax purposes. It increases the amount that can be left free of inheritance tax when the estate includes a residence (or a share in a residence) that is left to a direct descendant.
The mechanism by which landlords receive tax relief for interest and other finance costs is changing from April 2017 … and not for the better. The current rules are more generous than the new rules in that they enable the landlord to receive tax relief at his or her marginal rate of tax.
Lettings relief increases the amount of the gain that is sheltered from capital gains tax when you sell a property which has at some time been your only or main residence, and in respect of which some private residence relief is due.
Many people worry about inheritance tax and, for the majority of people, their home is their most valuable asset. Parents, particularly as they enter their twilight years, may consider giving their home to their children or grandchildren to keep the taxman from getting his hands on it.
For income tax purposes, income from land or property in the UK which is owned by the same person or group of persons is treated as forming a property rental business. Tax is charged by reference to the profits of the business as a whole, rather than by reference to each individual property.