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    New UK Luxembourg Tax Treaty: A Game Changer for Real Estate Investors?

    07 Dec

    New UK Luxembourg Tax Treaty - Introduction

    Last year, the UK and Luxembourg signed a new double tax treaty, which officially came into force on 22 November 2023. This development brings significant changes, particularly in how capital gains are treated. For Luxembourg-based investors in UK real estate, the clock is ticking to adapt to these changes.

    Capital Gains : a twist in the plot?

    Previously, Luxembourg residents could sell stakes in UK property-rich entities without worrying about the UK's tax net. But, the updated treaty has flipped that particular script. Now, if you're a Luxembourg resident and you dispose of shares (or interests in partnerships or trusts) that derive more than half of their value from UK real estate, the UK will have a say in your tax bill. This change primarily affects entities where at least 75% of their value comes from UK real estate, as UK tax laws have targeted such gains since 2019. So, if your investment structure falls into this category, it's time to pay attention.

    Key Dates for Implementation

    Mark your calendars! The treaty's provisions will be implemented as follows:
    • From 1 January 2024: for taxes withheld at source.
    • From 6 April 2024: for income tax and capital gains tax.
    • From 1 April 2024: for corporation tax.

    Implications & strategies

    This isn't just a minor lick of paint. The lack of 'grandfathering' for existing structures means that Luxembourg investors in UK real estate could face significant tax implications. It's a key time to review your investment structures and consider strategies to navigate these changes. One trend is a shift to using Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) status prior to 1 April 2024. This move aims to capitaliae on the current rules for conversion and then leverage the REIT regime moving forward.

    New UK Luxembourg Tax Treaty: Conclusion

    Change is often challenging, but it also brings opportunities for adaptation and growth. If you're a Luxembourg investor in UK real estate, now is the time to review your portfolio and strategies. As always, professional advice tailored to your specific circumstances is key in making the most of these changes.  

    New UK Luxembourg Tax Treaty: Final Call

    If you have any queries about the New UK-Luxembourg Tax Treaty, or are a property investor in the UK and looking at options, then please get in touch.

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