Property transactions are complicated and costly for clients. There are many different taxes and fees involved throughout all stages of a property’s life cycle. From Stamp Duty Land Tax (“SDLT”) and VAT on purchase, to the Annual Tax on Enveloped Dwellings (“ATED”) during ownership, and Capital Gains Tax (“CGT”) or corporation tax (“CT”) on disposal, it is essential for clients to seek advice to limit their tax liability and ensure they pay no more than the correct amount.
At Rawlinson & Hunter we use our experience and expertise to tailor our advice to our clients, whether individuals or companies. We are experts with extensive knowledge of property-related taxes, and the know-how to reduce the tax liabilities faced during a property’s life cycle. We deal with all of our clients’ tax filing and reporting requirements (including SDL:T and ATED) and guide them through the processes of paying and limiting their tax liabilities.
We advise on all issues relating to property taxation, including advice on the best way to structure the acquisition of property, advice on the tax treatment of debt finance, advice on maximising tax deductions and reliefs available such as capital allowances, advice on the VAT implications of property transactions for businesses and advice on the sale of properties.
We also have extensive experience in dealing with the compliance aspects of ATED for clients who hold property through companies, including preparation and submission of annual ATED returns, successfully dealing with enquiries from HMRC, and advising clients on bringing their ATED compliance up to date where there has been prior non-compliance, including successful negotiations with HMRC to mitigate the ATED charges where possible, and minimising the level of interest and penalties levied by HMRC.
We also specialise in providing detailed SDLT advice and practical guidance to clients and their advisers on complex property transactions including multiple completions, multiple purchasers, mixed residential and non-residential purchases, and a variety of substantial residential and commercial lease transactions