Tax disclosure: Who to contact if you let out residential property
If you are a UK residential landlord, it is critical that you understand what taxes you may be required to pay and which Tax disclosures are required rental for property.
Individuals who earn rent or income from land and property are required to file a tax return. So, you would need to file a tax return to let HMRC know that you are getting money from renting out a property
Regardless of whether you make a profit or a loss from the property, you must report it to HMRC. But you only have to pay taxes on your net rental profits, which are your rental income minus the expenses (deductions) that you can claim. So, if you make no money, you won’t have to pay any taxes.
The first £1,000 of your income from property rental is tax-free. This is your ‘property allowance’.
You must report it on a Self-Assessment tax return if it’s:
- £2,500 to £9,999 after allowable expenses
- £10,000 or more before allowable expenses
HMRC’s View on disclosure:
HMRC takes rental income disclosure extremely seriously. Currently, HMRC is running a campaign in which you may bring your tax affairs up to date if you’re an individual landlord letting out residential property in the UK or overseas and secure the best available conditions to pay the tax you owe.
In a case that occurred not too long ago, a person was sentenced to jail time for failing to disclose rental property. The order declaring the person in question bankrupt came down from the County Court in Warwick in August of 2017. The Official Receiver was the first trustee to be appointed, preceding the appointments of any other trustees.
What’s new is coming:
The government is already extending the requirement to use Making Tax Digital (MTD) to taxpayers with more than £10,000 in business and/or property income, including landlords, sole traders, and partnerships, for their Income Tax duties.
The government recognises the difficulties that many UK businesses have endured as the country has emerged from the pandemic over the last year. Because of this and the feedback from stakeholders, we will now start using MTD ITSA in April 2026 instead of April 2023.
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