Individuals that own and let property are facing a number of changes to the way in which their rental income, and more importantly, the deductions they can make from their rents for income tax purposes, are changing.
1. An increase in the rent-a-room allowance.
2. The abolition of the wear and tear allowance if you let furnished residential property that is not part of a holiday lets business; and the introduction of a new replacement furniture relief.
3. The gradual restriction of higher rate income tax relief for finance costs.
When unquoted shares are involved, it is likely that HMRC's share valuation division will negotiate an acceptable value with you. The approach will differ according to whether you are disposing of a majority or a minority shareholding.