Leasing assets to your company: A genuine ‘loophole’?

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Leasing assets to your company: A genuine ‘loophole’?

By Iain Rankin, March 2020

Iain Rankin explores the tax implications of renting personal assets to a limited company.

Over the last decade, the emergence of the sharing economy has meant that millions of people worldwide are now able to earn supplemental income from personal assets. Companies like Airbnb have expanded beyond short-term rentals; it is now possible to book local tours, classes, photoshoots, and other bespoke experiences. While this opens up a world of opportunities, any business should be structured properly to ensure tax efficiency.

Individual or company ownership?
If an individual is already earning via self-employment or PAYE, they may seek to incorporate a new business - particularly if they are in the higher-rate tax bracket - in order to take advantage of favourable corporation tax rates and tax-planning options. Although there are many more advantages to incorporation, there are some circumstances where an individual may prefer - or require -

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