HMRC have published their latest One-to-Many letters campaign, this time focusing on the use of 'hybrid structures' by some landlords, involving an LLP. This planning was recently featured in HMRC's 'Spotlight 63'.
The letters come from HMRC's Wealthy Team and target agents and their clients involved in tax planning schemes using a Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) and corporate members. These planning arrangements have been the subject of the recent Spotlight 63.
- The arrangements try to avoid tax by allowing individual or joint property landlords to transfer their properties to a Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) with a corporate member.
- The aim of the planning is to allocate a level of profit that keeps the individual as a basic rate taxpayer and allocates the rest to the corporate member, who can claim deductions for expenses such as mortgage payments.
- HMRC do not believe this planning works as:
- The Mixed-member partnership rules reallocate excess corporate member profits back to the individuals.
- Disposal of income streams through a partnership is taxable on the individuals through specific anti-avoidance legislation.
- Business Property Relief is unlikely to be available to relieve Inheritance Tax.
The letters request that the taxpayers:
- Withdraw from the schemes.
- Make a disclosure by 31 January 2024 by emailing
- Settle their tax liabilities.
If this is not done, HMRC may open an enquiry.
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