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What the flip is house flipping and does flipping houses avoid Capital Gains Tax in the UK? If you’re asking this question, you’ve come to the right place. We’d love to share!
House flipping (buying and selling a house for a profit) is definitely on the rise, but to avoid making your house flip a flop, you’ll need to get to grips with any potential tax implications.
Whether you’re flipping houses for a living or looking to make a bit of extra cash on the side, here’s everything you need to know about Capital Gains Tax and flipping houses in the UK.
Property flipping has experienced a huge boom since the start of the pandemic. Property flippers have taken to platforms like TikTok to showcase their renovations, offering advice for first-time flippers.
Around 23,000 homes across England and Wales were flipped in 2020.
But the question is, is it really worth it?
That’s a question only you can answer. It’s worth thinking about the cost of renovating, how long it will take you and, of course, what taxes you’ll need to pay.
Understanding your tax responsibilities when it comes to flipping houses is the first step on your property flipping journey – and we can offer some guidance along the way.
Capital Gains Tax (CGT) is a tax you’ll pay when you sell an asset for a profit, such as property, shares or cryptocurrency.
HMRC doesn’t consider house flips an investment, so you won’t need to pay Capital Gains Tax when flipping houses and selling them on for a profit. However, there are other taxes to consider.
You’ll also need to think about whether you’re selling it or renting it out – as rentals might be subject to CGT.
If you’re self-employed and flipping houses (or thinking about it), you’ll pay Income Tax as an individual rather than Capital Gains Tax.
As we touched on above, property flipping isn’t considered an investment, so you’ll just pay Income Tax through your Self Assessment.
Use our handy Income Tax calculator to see how much Income Tax you’ll need to pay on your house flip.
You won’t need to pay this until you file your Self Assessment, but calculating any tax now will give you a better idea of any profits from your house flip.
When you’re self-employed, you have to pay your income tax and national insurance contributions yourself in your annual Self Assessment. Our calculator helps you quickly assess how much you owe.
However you may be eligible for a tax refund when:
In your case when you earn £50,000:
You pay no income tax on first £12,570 that you make
You pay £7,286 at basic income tax rate (20%) on the next £36,430
No contributions on the first £9,568 that you make
You pay £3,549 in contributions (at 9%) on the next £39,432 that you make
You pay £159 in NI Class 2 contributions
If you’re flipping houses through a Limited Company, you’ll need to pay Corporation Tax instead. This is a tax paid by businesses based on their yearly profits.
The rate you’ll pay depends on your profits.
Good question – this is where things get a little more complicated, but we can break it down for you.
Letting a property to tenants is treated differently than selling when it comes to tax. If you’re thinking about flipping a house and then renting it out, you’ll need to pay Capital Gains Tax at the current rate of 20%.
If you’re a higher-rate taxpayer, you’ll pay an increased CGT rate of 40%.
Sounds complicated, right? Don’t worry, you can use our Capital Gains Tax calculator to help simplify things.
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