HMRC steps up focus on landlords’ tax avoidance

The taxman is offering free online training to private landlords as the scale of tax avoidance – not always deliberate – emerges.

HMRC is writing to 40,000 landlords about their tax affairs, while a further 2,500 have voluntarily made contact.

The new e-learning course is part of HMRC’s Let Property campaign, aimed at landlords who have not registered to pay tax, or have under-declared their earnings or who have under-paid tax.

The training shows how different types of lets are taxed, the correct treatment of income and expenditure, record keeping, and when and how to file tax returns.

Laura Pollard, head of HMRC Campaigns, said: “This package has been developed to help landlords get their tax affairs right from day one. They can also use it to keep them on track in the future.”

ARLA, the National Landlords Association and the Residential Landlords Association will also make the training available to their members.

You can find the tutorials at:

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/courses/syob2/letting/index.htm

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  1. IHS

    The tutorial is aimed at landlords who are starting a lettings business i.e. those with multiple properties. However the majority of landlords have only one property for which the tutorial is over complicated and needs to be simplified.

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