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Understanding and Paying Less Property Tax For Dummies by [Sims, Steve]
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"...a step–by–step approach to setting up and running a tax–effective property business" (UK Landlord, September 1, 2008)

"...this guide will pay for itself several times over...this book is well–timed to inspire people to revive the trade." (Accounting Technician. October 2008)

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Whether you′re an investor, a landlord, or a property owner, this book is your essential guide to property tax and paying less of it. Covering everything from property development and investing through a company to buy–to–let and overseas investment, it clearly explains the various forms of property tax and their triggers in straightforward and easy–to–follow language. Packed full of expert tax saving tips and strategies, Understanding & Paying Less Property Tax For Dummies is the easiest way to stay one step ahead of the taxman and start making some serious savings.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1694 KB
  • Print Length: 331 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0470758724
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (18 Feb. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004PGMI00
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #425,225 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The only two negative things that I can say about this book are that:
1. It's clearly in need of a very slight update as it refers in places to future dates that have past a few years back.
2. The web site links connected with the author do not work and there seems to be no way of communicationg with him.

Having said the above, it's clearly excellent and raised a debate on the Property 118 web site with regard to pre first trading preparation as being a maintenance as opposed to a capital cost as follows:

Section 57 Income Tax (Trading & Other Income) Act 2005 Pre trading expenses.
Any money spent for the letting business goes in to the accounts on the first day of letting the first property as if it was spent on that day, providing:
The expense was incurred no more than 7 years before the first letting date.
The expense has not already been claimed against tax.
The landlord would have been able to claim the expense if the letting business was trading when the expense was incurred.
Subsequent expenses are entered in to the accounts on the dates they were incurred.
This section specifically relates to day-to-day spending (revenue costs) and not one off improvements (capital costs) - for instance repairing the roof is OK to claim, but adding a new loft room is not.

The above quote from the Inland Revenue's guidelines has not been appreciated by five accountants that I have consulted.
Additionally, judging by the Landlord's Property 118 web site feedback on the above Inland Revenue guidelines, it is not appreciated by the majority of experienced landlords who commented following it's publication.
This point alone more than justifies the purchase of this extremely well written and readable book.

This is much the best Landlords tax reference book that I have read so far and should be a compulsive read for both Landlord tax consultants and Landlords alike.
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I haven't found this book particularly clear. The text doesn't seem to follow a particularly logical sequence, and some terms are not properly referenced in the index.

For example 'Property Register' is briefly explained, but later when I couldn't remember what this was, I found it wasn't listed alphabetically in the index (eventually found it as a sub-listing under 'property developer', although the text actually says that developers DON'T need to keep property registers, landlords do).

Some of the text is also vague, which doesn't seem helpful for explaining tax law - eg. 'The taxman has 12 months from the previous 31 January to open an inquiry. If he is out of time, then he can't conduct an inquiry.'. Well, any date is within 12 months of a January 31st, so this doesn't make sense - so you'll need to try to second guess what the author really meant (maybe from the January 31st following the tax year in question..probably?).

I'd expect a book in this series to crystal clear and unambiguous, with all the terms clearly referenced, and unfortunately, it fell a little short.
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If you rent out a property, you need to understand the tax law. This book explains exactly that, which most importantly means that you pay less tax and stay legal. There's no reason not to buy the book - the cost of it is an allowable expense, so you get some of the money back anyway and it will show you ways to save more money than the cost of the book.
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