Property accountancy services & property tax advice
Our team of property tax accountants enables property investors to maximise their wealth and be as tax efficient as possible.
Strategic property tax advisors.
Are you a landlord, property investor or property developer frustrated with having to pay the higher rate of tax? Do you work hard to earn your money and run your businesses but end up feeling disheartened with the large amount of tax you are required to pay?
Property related tax comes in many different forms, including VAT, Stamp Duty Land Tax, Capital Gains Tax and Inheritance Tax – and they can all be very costly.
If you want to reduce the amount of tax you pay every year, get your accounts in order, and stay on the good side of HMRC, we can help. Our property accountant team works with you to build your wealth in a tax efficient structure that you and your family can benefit from.
We’re Optimise Accountants: a strategic property tax accountant firm perfect for building and maintaining your property investment portfolio.
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Our senior property accountant specialists always provide exceptional tax and accounting services. We’re experts in ensuring that your money works for you – and not for HMRC.
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Why Optimise Accountants?
We’re all about making your life easier – so we always employ fully qualified property tax specialists to help you sleep well at night. We pride ourselves on our completely transparent pricing. Working with us, you’ll pay a flat rate per month, subscription style, that includes VAT.
With the technology available today, we don’t need to be on the same road as you to maintain the quality of our delivery and service. So while we serve the whole of the UK, we aren’t based in London. We therefore don’t pay London rent costs, which translates into our pricing making us cheaper than typical accounting companies.
The price of our services is far outweighed by the savings our property accountants can deliver.
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Phil purchased a property with a shop above it and his solicitor asked him to pay £10,000 for Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT). Sadly he was misinformed and the SDLT charge should have been just £2,000. With our help, he was able to claim back the £8,000 (with interest) from HMRC.
Martin purchased a £200,000 commercial building which he was going to convert to a residential dwelling. Unfortunately for him, his prior accountant did not tell him about the tax breaks of saving VAT and SDLT on purchase. He did not repeat the overpayment of VAT of £40,000 or the overpayment of SDLT of £8,000.
Mr Grant disposed of a property and was worried about the CGT liability of £15,000. As an additional rate taxpayer, he already paid over £50,000 of income tax. With the use of an alternative investment as identified by our strategic partners, he was able to mitigate the CGT liability in full and get a cheque back from HMRC refunding £16,071 of income tax.
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What burning tax questions do we solve?
We anticipate you will have many tax questions that need answering. Our monthly retained service allows you to book unlimited tax calls with us to answer your questions.
How can I gift my assets to my children to avoid IHT?
It is possible to gift a buy to let property investment to a child. In the majority of times, you will pay Capital Gains Tax (CGT) when passing a buy to let property to a child. However, using a trust wrapper allows you to use your IHT lifetime allowance rather than being charged CGT. See the article for more details: https://www.optimiseaccountants.co.uk/gifting-buy-to-lets-properties-to-children/
How do I transfer a property into a limited company?
Transferring properties to a limited company from your personal name will in the majority of occasions incur a Capital Gains Tax (CGT) charge on uoi as the seller. You will also have a Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) charge by the purchasing limited company. Both of these may be avoided using the incorporation reliefs of moving properties to a limited company via a partnership. Read our article here: https://www.optimiseaccountants.co.uk/how-to-incorporate-your-property-business-and-mitigate-sdlt-cgt/
When does Stamp Duty Land tax apply to property developers and when doesn’t it?
Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) is a tax that is paid by property investors and developers when a property is purchased. There is also the new 3% SDLT surcharge that applies to residential property investments. However, like many taxes SDLT is optional. As a property developer, it is possible not to pay SDLT on residential property investments. In this article, we explore the many ways in which SDLT may be avoided altogether: https://www.optimiseaccountants.co.uk/developers-do-not-pay-sdlt-on-flips/
What VAT considerations do I need to have for serviced accommodation?
Rent is normally VAT exempt. Therefore many landlords will not charge their tenant’s VAT on their rent. However, this is a little more complex for those that have serviced accommodation/holiday lets. Once your turnover exceeds £85,000 you will need to register for VAT. This could be a problem as you may lose business by charging this extra 20% cost. In this article, we explore the implications of VAT and how you could use the flat rate scheme to mitigate the potential negative impact. Article: https://www.optimiseaccountants.co.uk/vat-flat-rate-for-holiday-lets/
How do I extract cash out of a limited company in the most tax efficient way?
There are many ways in which you can extract money from a limited company. The most obvious ones are wages and dividends. However, there are many golden nuggets that may be extracted from your limited company gold mine. Please see this article to see how you can extract more than just wages and dividends. Article: https://www.optimiseaccountants.co.uk/extracting-cash-out-of-a-limited-company-2018-19/
How do I mitigate Capital Gains Tax on a disposal of an asset?
Capital Gains Tax (CGT) will be charged when you sell a buy to let property and you have made a taxable gain. However, it is possible to minimise the amount of CGT that is paid to zero. Please read our article as we explore the many ways in which CGT may be reduced https://www.optimiseaccountants.co.uk/avoidance-of-paying-cgt-on-selling-an-investment-property/
How does Section 24 (mortgage interest relief) affect my tax position?
Section 24 mortgage interest relief cap started to come into effect 2017/18 with the reduction of 25% to the amount of mortgage interest that is allowed to be offset against your property income. From 2020/21 landlords will no longer be able to offset mortgage interest against their property income. This means that the majority of landlords will pay more tax. In this article, we explore what Section 24 is, how it will affect you as a property investor and what may be done to mitigate its effect. Article: https://www.optimiseaccountants.co.uk/how-section-24-affect-property-investors/
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