The Landlord Essentials Library

The RLA recommends the following books to help you acquire the necessary skills and knowledge to manage your lettings. The authors have either worked with the RLA or are well known experts in the lettings sector.

We suggest you also consider the wide range of RLA training courses that take place in England and Wales.

How to Use Trusts to Reduce Property Tax

Tax Insider

Many believe that trusts are complicated to understand and expensive to run but in reality, a trust in simply a private legal arrangement whereby assets are transferred to a group of people who are instructed to hold those assets for the benefit of others. Trust assets may be in any form including shares, cash, or even the asset of most interest to Property Tax Insider readers – property, including a main residence.

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Year End Tax Planning for Businesses

Tax Insider

As the end of the tax year or the accounting period approaches, it is a good time for a business to take stock and review their affairs. No one likes to pay tax unnecessarily, and a little time spent considering the tax position ahead of the year-end can realise considerable tax savings. This new report looks at some of the questions business owners ask themselves in the context of year-end planning for businesses.

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Property Investment v Property Trading

Tax Insider

When looking at property tax there are many different aspects to consider in the main difference between property investment and property training activities, and their implications from a UK tax perspective. This report examines and looks at some of the opportunities and pitfalls of both activities, whilst evaluating the different vehicles to undertake the respective activities.

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Directors' Loan Accounts Explained

Tax Insider

In a family or personal company, transactions between the company and the individual directors are commonplace. A director's account is simply a mechanism for recording the transactions that take place. The opportunity to borrow funds from a personal or family company can provide an attractive source of cheap finance. This guide looks at some of the planning opportunities and pitfalls associated with the use of directors' loan accounts.

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Asset Transfers: Hidden Tax Trap and Treasures

Tax Insider

As the rather strange old saying has it, there's more than one way to skin a cat. There are also all kinds of reasons why a person might want to transfer assets to someone else: and very often, as we will see, there's a choice between methods of achieving this transfer, some of which trigger large tax liabilities, and some which don't. This report is all about tax efficiency, rather than aggressive tax avoidance via 'schemes', but the difference in the ultimate tax result can be very dramatic.

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How to Maximise Deductions for Business Expenses

Tax Insider

When working out the profits or losses of your business, you can deduct any allowable expenses that you incur in running your business to arrive at the profit (or loss) figure before tax. The more expenses you deduct, the lower your taxable income and the less tax you pay. It is important, therefore not to overlook any business expenses which may be deductible. This special report presents you with a comprehensive view of the ways to maximise deductions for business expenses.

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Taxation of Property Partnership and Joint Ownership

Tax Insider

Where property is owned jointly and there is no partnership, each joint owner is taxed on their share of the rental profits. However, where there is a property partnership, the property partnership is treated as a separate business from any other property rental business carried on by the partner. These property structures provide plenty of tax saving opportunities for property owners. This report covers the key tax-centric issues that property business owners should be aware of.

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Dividend Tax Saving Strategies

Tax Insider

Since the taxation of dividends was reformed with effect from 6 April 2016, individuals have been entitled to a dividend allowance. However, the allowance was reduced from £5000 to £2000 from 6 April 2018. Despite the changes, dividends still have a role to play in extracting funds from a family company in a tax-efficient manner. This guide considers the practicalities involved, with examples and practical tips where relevant.

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IR35: Tax Tips for Contractors

Tax Insider

The IR35 rules are anti-avoidance rules which were introduced with effect from 6 April 2000 in respect of services performed on or after that date. The measures were introduced to target workers predominantly in the IT industry who resigned from their job on a Friday and started in a self-employed capacity on the following Monday in essentially the same role. However, their application is not limited to the IT industry. This special report looks when IR35 applies and gives some useful pointers and tips to make sure contractors don't fall into the common traps.

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Asset Protection & Tax

Tax Insider

If you're fortunate enough to own valuable assets, you're naturally going to want to protect them from the various threats that face them: if they are physical assets, from theft, fire or other physical destruction, or legal action taken against you by others; if they're non-physical assets like shares in a company, or business goodwill, your main enemies are probably the government and the legal profession. This special report teaches you about the relationship between the various methods of protecting those assets and the incidence of tax liabilities that arises.

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Tax Efficient Ways to Extract Cash From Your Company

Tax Insider

If you operate your business as a company, you will pay corporation tax on any profits that your company makes. You may also pay tax on the profits when you take them out of the company. The way in which profits are taken out of the company will affect the tax and National Insurance payable. It is essential to plan ahead and formulate a profit-extraction strategy that both neets your needs and is tax and NIC-efficient. This special report looks at how to extract profits in a tax and NIC-efficient manner.

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HMRC Penalties Explained

Tax Insider

Penalties can be imposed by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) for a wide range of tax offences. For taxpayers who are required to submit tax returns to HMRC each year, the potential for penalties is ever present. Penalties can arise not only for the late submission of tax returns, but also for errors in them. This report looks at HMRC penalties, how they can arise for tax compliance failures, and how those penalties can potentially be deferred or eliminated.

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Essential Property Tax Reports

Tax Insider

Each year tax legislation changes, and at Tax Insider we pride ourselves on providing up to date information which is why we consistently update our popular series of property tax saving reports with the latest changes and issues to be aware of.

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Essential Business Reports

Tax Insider

Each year tax legislation changes, and at Tax Insider we pride ourselves on providing up to date information which is why we are consistently update our popular series of business tax saving reports with the latest changes and issues to be aware of.

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The Complete Guide to Residential Letting

Tessa Shepperson

The Complete Guide to Residential Letting is the definitive guide to creating and managing residential lettings. It is packed with real life landlord and tenancy tips and letting experiences, and has been written by one of the country's top specialists in landlord and tenant law, Tessa Shepperson. Step by step we take you through each one of the legal and practical issues that each landlord must confront, for every tenancy: How to prepare your rental property for tenants Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) How to find the right tenant for you The terms you need in a tenancy agreement.

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The Landlord's Friend

Paul Shamplina and Kate Faulkner

This book guides landlords through the perils of buy to let, from buying the right property through to managing tenants and dealing with problems such as non-payment of rent. It is written by two industry experts, Paul Shamplina and Kate Faulkner who regularly appear in national and local media.

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The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015

Communities and Local Government (DCLG)

This explanatory booklet is designed to help Private Rented Sector, landlords and tenants prepare for The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015.

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