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« on: August 03, 2022, 04:49:05 PM »


Hi all,

This is probably a quick and easy one for you all - but I've failed to find it whilst searching the forum and I've seen conflicting advice from semi-authoritative sources.

I should stress this is both small-beans and a legit question, mostly for academic interest, rather than creative or dishonest accounting - and assumes the recipient is declaring the income.

So... Are there any restrictions on paying relatives for services performed as part of letting a property - assuming they *Do Not* have a share in the property.


Examples - Can my brother invoice me for plumbing (yes - of course - right?)

Can I bill my father for admin tasks or management performed whilst he is unable, due to health, or vice versa?

Can I bill my wife for loft/cellar/garden clearance - assuming I have no share in ownership of the property?
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« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2022, 11:08:07 AM »

If they're invoicing you for the work and accounting for the income on their own tax return, and it's not just a deliberate dodge to soak up people's de minimis allowances, then I don't see a problem.
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« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2022, 03:29:34 PM »

Thanks for your opinion.

In our actual situation it's barely worth doing the paperwork, but it's useful to know what the actual rules are in case things change.

It's certainly seems a method to utilise some of the self-employed/side-hustle 1k allowance legitimately - and I totally agree the accounting needs to be robust.

Thank-you again.
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« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2022, 12:19:21 PM »

I am still trying to get my head around  a husband who would bill his wife for a bit of gardening.My advice to her would be to start charging you for  services rendered if you get my drift.
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