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January 25, 2019
The way buy to let profit is calculated will be changing – are you up to date?

The new tax year is almost upon us and now would be an excellent time to organise your tax affairs and to plan for additional changes to the tax treatment of mortgage interest.

The phasing out of mortgage interest relief for buy to let landlords was first announced in the 2015 Budget. It will restrict the amount that landlords can offset against finance costs on residential properties to the basic rate of income tax.

In order to calculate profits from a buy to let property, landlords will no longer be able to remove all of their finance costs from the income generated by that property.

They will now receive a basic rate reduction from their income tax liability for their finance costs.


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