To LTC or not to LTC

Question from Ross updated on 6th September 2016:

I'm buying a rental property and am wondering whether I should set up a Look Through Company (LTC). I would be the only shareholder. What advantage would an LTC offer me as an individual?

Our expert Mark Withers responded:

Probably the first thing to understand is that no extra deductions are available to you simply because you use the LTC. The same deductions would exist if you operate as an individual. An LTC may even be a disadvantage as it contains a loss limitation rule and administration costs are higher.

An LTC is a company under company law so the owner does enjoy the benefit of limited liability. But the risks with investment are low which reduces the need for this form of protection. Because the LTC is a separate entity from yourself it might be easier to refinance equity you build in the company by refinancing your shareholder advances. But this will only be a factor if you choose to inject funds to reduce the debt.

It might well be that personal ownership is entirely suitable.

Mark Withers and his team at Withers Tsang & Co specialise in advising on property related transactions, valuation and restructure services and tax planning.

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