Update on CGT news for buy-to-let investors

Chris Street

29th December 2017

By Louise Misiewicz

Article relevant to the tax year 2017/18

Are you a buy-to-let property investor and wondering what Capital Gains Tax changes will impact you during 2017/18?

I was talking to a long-term buy-to-let investor client last week at our Nottingham offices about the coming year, and how recent Capital Gains Tax changes might impact his property portfolio in 2017/18.

Our team of property tax experts are on hand to best advise our clients on how to reduce and in some cases mitigate completely tax liabilities, ensuring that their buy-to-let investments are as tax-efficient as possible. The ways we do this are based on individual consultation and ongoing tax planning advice.

Whilst chatting with my property investment client, we discussed the recent Budget and Chancellor Hammond’s decision to abolish relief on Capital Gains.

This will, I believe, have a major impact on any investors holding assets such as buy-to-let properties.

The Autumn Budget announed that indexation relief for companies will be abolished from 01st January 2018, and prior to this a high proportion of gains could be covered by indexation relief which was free of tax.

Individual property investors were in a similar position, until Capital Gains Tax indexation relief was abolished around 10 years ago.

The Chancellor called the indexation relief for companies an ‘anomaly’ but I believe that there have been compelling reasons in the past for keeping it in place.

The main reason was that corporate gains are likely to be taxed again before they reach the individual owners of companies, so a shareholder in a company owning a property will see the company pay corporation tax at 20% on the gain.

If the property investor shareholders have benefitted from the asset, the proceeds have been distributed and taxed as a Dividend, or in some circumstances as a capital gain – for example, if there was a share buy-back, or the property investment company was put into liquidation.


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I’ve advised clients in the past to put buy-to-let property investments into companies to avoid new restrictions on mortgage interest relief (Section 24) – but the recent changes in Capital Gains Tax means that many of my landlord clients are now going through a strategy review with our property tax experts in light of the attack on their property investments. I always advise my property investment clients to seek up-to-date tax advice.

I’ve also written related articles which will provide hints and tips – please see below.

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Some of the previous articles I’ve written around Capital Gains Tax and utilising a Limited Company for property investment purposes are worth reading from the hyperlinks below:

What structure to use for your property business

Capital Gains Tax for property investors from 2017/18

Why you shouldn’t incorporate your property business

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