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HMRC launched its Let Property Campaign in 2013, to target resident and non-resident landlords it believes fail to declare their rental income.

The campaign gives landlords who owe tax the chance to voluntarily put their tax affairs in order and take advantage of the best possible terms.

By making a voluntary disclosure of all unpaid liabilities, you can usually expect a lower penalty than HMRC would normally charge. If HMRC raise an enquiry into your tax return, you can normally expect a much higher penalty.

However, the fall in landlord disclosures from 7,578 in 2019/20 to 4,330 in 2020/21 means the amount of tax from the campaign collected by HMRC has dropped from £34m to around £17m in the last tax year – the lowest figure recorded in seven years.

Are you eligible for the Let Property Campaign?

All individual landlords renting out UK residential property come within the scope of campaign, including:

  • Those renting out single properties
  • Those renting out multiple properties
  • Specialist landlords e.g. student or workforce
  • Those renting out a holiday home – even if you use it yourself
  • Those living overseas and renting out a UK property
  • Those living in the UK and renting out a property abroad
  • Those renting out rooms in your main home above the Rent a Room Scheme threshold

A spokesperson for HMRC said: “HMRC believes that its customers want to pay the right amount of tax and wants to help those that are not paying the correct amount to put that right.

“The Let Property Campaign is an opportunity for landlords who owe tax through letting out residential property, in the UK or abroad, to get up to date with their tax affairs in a simple, straightforward way and take advantage of the best possible terms.

“If you’re a landlord and you’ve undisclosed income you must tell HMRC about any unpaid tax and you’ll then have 90 days to calculate and pay what you owe.”

Need help calculating your property landlord income?

At TaxAssist Accountants, we offer a great range of property tax advice for landlords and those with second properties and are well-versed in assisting individual landlords with their Let Property Campaign disclosures.

For a free initial consultation, call us today on 0203 325 9825 or drop us a line using our online enquiry form.

Date published 21 Jul 2021

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