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  • Tax

    Government drops property "micro tax" benefit



    Millions of eBay sellers and Airbnb hosts will not be entitled to a £1,000 annual tax allowance as promised in last year's Budget.

    In March 2016 George Osborne unveiled two tax break's "for the digital age" worth £1,000 a year.

    These were designed to help "micro entrepreneurs" who sell goods and services online on platforms such as eBay, Etsy and Airbnb, and those who take on occasional jobs such as providing lift shares or who let out their homes or garages.

    One allowance applied to "digital trading" and the other to property.

    Both were supposed to be introduced in April 2017, but have now been dropped from the Finance Bill.

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    They couldn't even wait until after the election to bury this one!

    And politicians wonder why public trust in them is ever slipping?

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    You are right. They had to cut the finance bill to the minimum to get it passed before the election. Anything the slightest bit controversial was cut out.

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    It matters not.

    Unless AirBnB give HMRC data of who let out what and when then no tax will be paid.

    Mass tax evasion will continue as before.

    It simply isn't worthwhile to pursue someone who has let out their property a few times a year!


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    AirBnB are giving the infomation to HMRC. A law to force firms like them to share iinformation with HMRC came into effect last September.

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    It will he interesting to see if HMRC prosecutes for tax evasion the many who currently fail to declare their Airbnb earnings.

    Wonder whether HMRC will data share with the DWP when all those council tenants on benefits sub let their council flats in London!?

    Most of the Airbnb lettings are illegal.

    Most of them breach insurance and lender conditions.


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    I suspect the £1000 allowances were to allow the HMRC to avoid going after the ones earning very little and only concern themselves with the ones where it is worth their while.I expect them to be reintroduced after the election.

    Since they have only started getting the information last year and the deadline for the tax forms is next January it will be a while yet before we see the effects, and the full effect will be a year later.

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    Calm down folks. This and about 700 other things were cut out temporarily by agreement between the government and the "opposition". This was just to get the bill passed and - unless you think our politicians cannot be trusted - will be reintroduced later.

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