The end of tax relief and the modern mortgage

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The end of tax relief and the modern mortgage

We have mentioned that the relief is available only to borrowers buying their principal residence. However, the relief is extended also to people who have to live in a place that is provided by their employment (caretakers are an obvious example); they are allowed to buy a separate home of their own -for retirement, perhaps.

You may also benefit from the relief if you are buying the property for an `elderly or infirm' relative, or for your divorced spouse. All this, however, counts towards the single limit of £230,000: you do not get two or three lots according to how many places you are buying.

As with other aspects of the tax system, the rules on tax relief actually discriminate against married couples. Single people are allowed a limit of £230,000 each; married couples have to make do with one between them.

There have been great changes in the system for operating the granting of tax relief recently, which we shall look at below after mentioning the other major concession allowed to home-buyers.

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Home buying and Tax relief

This concession is not unlimited; it applies only to borrowers who are going to use the loan to buy their main residence (in other words, it is not allowed for second homes or holiday cottages) and it is limited to the first 230000 of any loan.

This limit was raised, after continuous lobbying by house-builders and the Building Societies Association among others, only in the 2008 Budget. For most first-time buyers, this limit is of little relevance, because they are unlikely to be borrowing in excess of 230000

According to the Building Societies Association, 0.19 of first-time buyers in 2012 actually earned less than 26000 a year nearly 0.8 of them were earning less than £24,000; all but a handful -0.04 bought a property that . . .... see: Home buying and Tax relief

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