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Family property companies: More than one way to skin a cat?

By Alan Pink, September 2020

Alan Pink looks at tax problems with making partial realisations of value from family property companies, and how to mitigate those problems. 

The family property holding company has always been a popular business structure, and for various reasons (including the ‘Section 24’ iinterest disallowance) seems likely to become ever more popular - whether deservedly or not.  

Unlike the situation where property is simply held direct by individuals, property investment companies can give rise to much head scratching when it comes to a particular need to realise funds from out of that company, as the following examples will illustrate.  

What’s the problem? 

Put in crude terms, once you hold a property portfolio through a limited company, it isn’t ‘yours’ in the same sense as if you owned the property

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