Furnished holiday letting reprieve

Getting the Finance Bill 2010 passed between when it was published on 1 April 2010 and the dissolution of Parliament on 12 April was always set to be a heavy load in spite of the fact that there were only 73 clauses and supporting schedules.

That load was lightened as certain of the more unpopular proposals were dropped. The abandoned additional increase on cider duty compared to other alcoholic drinks may have grabbed the headlines but another tax related proposal may be of wider interest. The favourable tax regime for Furnished Holiday Lettings accommodation was due to be repealed from 6 April 2010. This proposal was dropped from the Finance Bill but what happens next depends on the outcome of the General Election. The Financial Secretary to the Treasury has pledged that this and the other withdrawn clauses will be re-introduced in a second Finance Bill should his party be returned to government. It does mean for the present there is uncertainty as to the tax treatment of this type of property business as 2010/11 gets under way. We will keep you informed of any further developments.