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    Hi
    Just wondering if you can offset for expenses such as valuation, solicitors fees if the purchase of the btl property falls through (I have other btls)

    #2
    Not for an individual.

    Possibly for a limited company.

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      #3
      The above has always been my understanding, but I was wondering if there are any HMRC documents to back this up.?

      In my opinion, if HMRC regard letting properties as a business (as they do), I really would of thought, if you can prove the property which fell through was for the portfolio - they should allow the loss to go through as a legitimate business expense. It's just my own opinion.

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        #4
        It's because they would have been capital costs had the transaction gone ahead
        and they can't change to revenue because it didn't.
        When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
        Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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          #5
          The deductions for CGT are very restrictive - and abortive purchase fees are unlikely to qualify.

          Nor are such expenses incidental costs of finance.

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            #6
            We need to be careful about the advice given on the site in my opinion.

            My understanding is that HMRC draw 2 'lines in the sand' in relation to property,:

            - Property investor -> generally holding for long term and renting out
            - Property trader -> Effectively buying and 'flipping' property for profit.

            The former cannot claim for abortive costs the latter can.

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              #7
              A property developer (which is what I understand you mean by property trader) is either paying income tax on the growth already,
              so the capital to revenue switch issue doesn't apply or running it as a ltd company business, where different tax rules apply anyway.
              When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
              Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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