SDLT can be a complex tax to understand and apply. The treatment of leases for which a significant performance occurs is a particular minefield and it would be useful if HMRC could update and correct the Duty Land Tax Manual stamp in this area. But in the end, the reality is probably less complicated than many practitioners think. In the case of a lease, the tax treatment depends on whether it is bound together by a single regime or agreement or as a set of successive linked leases. A buyer or tenant who fails to file a land transaction return before the registration date is subject to penalties. Interest must be paid on SDLT which is not paid within 14 days of the entry into force of the transaction. COVID-19 has had an impact on cash flow and practical arrangements for landlords and tenants across the country: one of the effects of such disruption is that fluctuations in commercial leases with landlords and tenants, under pressure to adapt to the current circumstances, have increased. Variations may be necessary for the survival of businesses on both sides, but care must be taken to ensure that owners and tenants comply with current tax legislation. A “land transaction” is any “acquisition of taxable interest”. This is well defined and may include the transfer of a property right and the granting, assignment, modification or surrender of a lease, as well as other less frequent transactions.
In principle, land transactions between group companies are eligible for relief. However, this exemption must be invoked. Overall, companies belong to the same group when one of them is the subsidiary of 75% of the other or are both subsidiaries of a third company at 75%. The monthly rent increases by £200 at the beginning of the new lease and the old lease ends 12 months later, the rental amount taken into account for this period is £2400. Then take into account the entire rent due for the rest of the term of the new lease. The SDLT to be paid for a lease is calculated by reference to the rent for the first five years. Therefore, if you have a rental control in the first five years and the new lease amount was not known at the beginning (for example.B. if rents need to be checked in accordance with market rents or business results at a future or indexed date), it may be necessary to submit an additional return once the revised rent is determined. . . .