Foreign land and property income
This guidance note covers, in outline, the UK tax consequences of deriving income from land or property overseas.
It looks at the interaction with overseas taxes, and considers the UK tax treatment of let property, overseas farms, woodlands, and the use of companies to hold foreign holiday property. Furnished holiday lets situated abroad are covered in the Furnished holiday lets guidance note. This guidance note does not cover capital gains, VAT or inheritance tax, except incidentally.
For more on capital gains tax, see the Disposal of land ― individuals and Assignment and grant of leases for capital gains tax guidance notes.
Property held in trust is outside the scope of this guidance note. For information on this, see Simon’s Taxes I5.12. This guidance note also does not extend to remittance users, see the Remittance basis ― overview guidance note for more detail.
Hotels and guesthouses are treated as foreign businesses, see the Setting up overseas ― sole traders and partners and Introduction to setting up overseas ― companies guidance notes for some of the issues to consider when setting up a foreign business.
Interaction with overseas taxes
Income from farms, woodland or let property outside the UK is almost invariably subject to tax in the overseas country. Comprehensive advice on the foreign tax implications is essential, and this is best obtained before the individual begins the overseas venture.
In particular, the individual should be aware of the tax residence rules in the foreign country, so they does not accidentally become taxable there