Becoming a landlord and Tax Credits

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flow4 Wed 31-Jul-13 00:56:44

Thanks sunny, that's interesting and useful. smile

Sunnyshores Tue 30-Jul-13 15:41:21

Tax return - you can claim mileage to/from the property/your home at 40p per mile (check rate). Claim insurance, postage, rental agent fees, any repairs.

I'd say no you cant claim your time re tax credits - because you're not employed or self employed the property isnt a seperate business entity, its a personal investment like buying stocks/shares.

flow4 Sun 28-Jul-13 16:03:55

Thanks ChocolateMama. smile I know about the tax relief on the mortgage interest, but didn't know about wear and tear, so that's very useful. I wasn't thinking of charging for my time, but when you get Tax Credits, there are different levels/thresholds depending on whether you work 18+, 25+ or 30+ hours per week, and I wondered whether I could 'count' the time it is taking me currently to set everything up...

I don't have an accountant - the rental income will only be about £1k before tax, so paying someone £200+ to do my accounts seems profligate.

ChocolateMama Sat 27-Jul-13 19:00:23

Hi, you cannot charge for your own time as a landlord unfortunately, so that is out. But there are lots of ways that you can legally reduce your tax bill. If you google this subject you will find loads of advice. If you have an accountant, he/she will also advise. If the property is furnished for example, you can claim 10% of your rental income against wear and tear. You also get relief on your mortgage interest payments. Good luck!

flow4 Sat 27-Jul-13 10:01:47

I'm about to become a landlord (I have taken out a LtB mortgage on the house I currently live in, to be able to move home). I am likely to make some profit from the rent - not much, but perhaps £1000/year. I get tax credits, and that amount of extra income will reduce my TCs but not stop me qualifying, afaik.

I already do a self-assessment tax return. Other than declaring the rental income, is there anything else I should do? Being a landlord will take a bit of time.. should I count and declare the hours too?

Thanks in advance for any advice. smile

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