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RLA welcomes digital tax changes

Dr Tom Simcock
Written by Dr Tom Simcock

We welcome the confirmation that only those landlords with a turnover above £85,000 will be expected to keep digital tax records as part of making tax digital.

The Treasury’s announcement mirrors the calls that we made in our submission on the consultation introducing the initiative, and this reflects the concerns Douglas Haig, RLA Vice-Chairman and Director for Wales, expressed in our oral evidence provided to a House of Lords committee.

Under a new timetable to implement the change, only landlords and businesses with a turnover above the VAT threshold (currently £85,000) will have to keep digital records and only for VAT purposes, and they will only need to do so from 2019. Ministers had previously said it would apply to those with turnover above £10,000. Businesses and landlords will also not be asked to keep digital records, or to update HMRC quarterly, for other taxes until at least 2020.

RLA Policy Manager, John Stewart, commented:

“The RLA has long called for an increase in the threshold at which digital tax records will be required, and for more time to enable landlords to properly implement this radical changes.

“Whilst we support efforts to improve the efficiency of the system, faced with unhelpful changes to the way they will be taxed, the last thing landlords needed was an imminent change to the way they keep their records.

“The Treasury has made the right decision in giving landlords more time to prepare for the policy, where it applies to them, and we welcome the Government listening and responding so positively to our concerns”

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Dr Tom Simcock

Dr Tom Simcock

Tom is the Senior Researcher for the RLA and leads the RLA’s research lab; the Private renting Evidence, Analysis and Research Lab (PEARL). His expertise lies in researching change in society, public policy and quantitative and qualitative research methodologies. Tom’s research on housing has received national media coverage, featuring on the front page of The Times, has influenced government policy making, and has been cited in debates in the House of Commons, House of Lords and by the London Mayor.