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I am trying to complete a let property disclosure and am stuck

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I am trying to complete a let property disclosure and am stuck on how to work out tax due and the penalty I need to pay. Property was left to me for my sons who were too young and not in a position to take it on yet. I had to use my savings and borrow money to make it habitable, also adding a bathroom and central heating before anyone could live in it. I let it to someone I know who has lived there for 4 years with me paying maintenance costs, insurances and supplying white goods and some furniture.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  TonyTax replied 2 years ago.

Can you point me at the forms you are completing please. Is the one you are doing part of the Let Property Campaign? Can yoi give me a bit more detail about your disclosure, how many tax years are involved etc.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Hi, thanks for your reply. Yes it's the Let Property Campaign: disclosure form (DO2). I first let the property on the 1st September 2010 at £775 per calender month and the rent has remained the same.

Expert:  TonyTax replied 2 years ago.

Let me see if I can reach the section you are having trouble with. Which part is that?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

It's the section " Letting income liabilities", what I need to put in each column and how I work it out. Then have to work out the penalty and put what percentage I think I should pay.

Expert:  TonyTax replied 2 years ago.

Did you submit tax returns for 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13 and 2013/14 without the rental income in them or were you not in the self-assessment system for those tax years? Did you approach HMRC before they found you?

Customer: replied 2 years ago.

No, I had a letter from HMRC giving me the chance to declare which I accepted so now have to fill in the form and pay by May. No tax returns submitted therefore and not in self assessment system although I presume I will be from once this is paid?

Expert:  TonyTax replied 2 years ago.

What is the deadline date for disclosure mentioned in the letter?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

My deadline will be 12th May

Expert:  TonyTax replied 2 years ago.

Does the HMRC letter have a reference with the letters "AI" as part of it? Can you give me the jist of what the letter says?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Yes it does. Basically the letter thanks me for telling them I want to make a disclosure under the Let Property Campaign. It says to make the disclosure I have to go to and complete the online disclosure form. Disclosure and payment are then due.Gives me my reference numbers and their bank details for payment.

Expert:  TonyTax replied 2 years ago.

According to the top section of note 3.9 here, as HMRC wrote to you before you made a voluntary unprompted disclosure as signified by the letters "AI" in the reference, you should select 35% as your penalty.

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Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Thanks.Where I am stuck though is,asI first said,in working out income, amount of tax payable and penalty due.

Expert:  TonyTax replied 2 years ago.
In the Letting Liabilities section, click on the ? next to "For information on how to calculate the tax you owe please click the help icon ?".

A new section will open and if you look at the third last paragraph you'll read "HMRC have produced a calculator that can be used to calculate the tax, interest and penalties due for the most recent 7 years".

Click on "calculator" and you'll be taken to a calculator where you select each tax year you need to produce a calculation for. You'll need all your income details for each tax year.

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