The CIOT is relieved to hear that the Government plans to consult over the taxation of Furnished Holiday Lettings (FHL). The previous government had planned to abolish the FHL rules, though the measure was dropped from the pre-election Finance Bill. John Whiting
, CIOT Tax Policy Director, said:
“Many in the FHL sector have been concerned about the additional administration that the withdrawal of the FHL tax rules might lead to. Abolishing the FHL rules means convincing HMRC that there is a trade – otherwise relief would be much lower.
“This isn’t a complete reversal but a welcome sign of the Government listening to calls we and others have made to consult before bringing in changes. It will enable the sector and tax advisers to make proposals to ease the burden of businesses which lose the protection of the FHL rules.”
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