HM Revenue and Customs has published the responses it has received to its 12 week consultation on changing the Wear and Tear Allowance for buy to let landlords - only 170 responses were received, 137 of those from individuals.
The government has formally said that, in the light of the consultation results, it is going ahead with replacing the current administration of the allowance with a system whereby only actual expenditure will be reimbursed.
The official HMRC summary of the responses admits that “many respondents expressed support for maintaining a Wear and Tear Allowance, principally because they saw it as simple” but that “a significant number of stakeholders agreed with the Government that the Wear and Tear Allowance was not fair, both as it only applies to landlords offully furnished properties and because it provides relief where no expenses have been incurred.”
In the light of the consultations, HMRC says the government is keen on “”minimising complexity” in the way the allowance is administered in future.
To that end, the HMRC summary says the government has ruled out extending the scope of the allowance, and has decided against any transitional arrangements. However, in future the allowance will “include the cost of disposing of old assets”.
The government is now publishing draft legislation for technical consultation on how the allowance will in future be implemented. There are now eight weeks of consultation on this draft legislation.
Details of the responses and the further consultation are here.