Tax relief changes for landlords

Up until the 2016/17 tax year, landlords could deduct mortgage interest and other allowable costs from their rental income, before calculating their tax liability.

From 6 April 2020, tax relief for finance costs will be restricted to the basic rate of income tax, currently 20%. Relief will be given as a reduction in tax liability instead of a reduction to taxable rental income.

The changes started to be phased in from April 2017, as the table below shows.

Tax relief on finance cost 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21
Previous system 100% 75% 50% 25% -
New system - 25% 50% 75% 100%

See a more detailed example of how this phasing could affect a landlord’s net profit.

Tax relief changes calculator

Our tax relief changes calculator can be downloaded and shared with your clients. This will help them understand how their profits could be affected over the next few years as the changes are phased in.