New regulations. Boom and bust. Sustainability. Rising costs. The property sector is increasingly complex and challenging. It is vital you have specialist advisers who can help you control your risks, remain compliant and competitive and ready to take advantage of opportunities.
We advise a range of clients who own, manage, develop, service or invest in properties. They work with us because of our technical expertise – particularly in tax matters – and timely, accurate advice. They value our open, down-to-earth approach and are happy to recommend us. In fact, most of our business comes from referrals.
How we can help you
Every building and business is different. At haysmacintyre we work with you to understand your commercial goals and provide relevant and practical advice to help you achieve these.
We act for a considerable number of clients in the sector. Beyond delivering robust and quality compliance services, we undertake a wide range of advisory work from advising on tax efficient structures, performing due diligence on property acquisitions, expanding internationally and assisting with capital allowances. We also provide specialist VAT advice on all types of property transactions.
A strong reputation in the sector
We host seminars, workshops and events on a wide range of subject matters pertinent to the property industry. Our property team write for sector leading publications such as Property Week and Estates Gazette. We have been sponsors of the London Real Estate Forum and are involved in a number of sector initiatives and events including the London Chamber of Commerce, the Investment Property Forum and MIPIM. We are also partners with the UK PropTech Association.
We are a founding firm and owner of MSI Global Alliance, an international, multidisciplinary alliance of 250 accountants and lawyers across more than 100 countries. MSI are ranked 8th in the top 20 International Alliances and Associations.
Through MSI, we are able to source reliable local expertise wherever in the world our clients are growing their business and can connect our clients to firms we work with and trust to deliver a consistent, high quality level of service.
Effective tax planning needs understanding
Whilst every property transaction is different, recognising the tax issues and reconciling the often competing tax requirements of the parties to the transaction is a constant.
Our client, a minority shareholder in a substantial private property investment company (“InvestCo”), was approached to participate personally in a property development opportunity which was in danger of being forfeited through insufficient funding. The original purchasers, who had made the acquisition through an LLP, were unwilling to simply sell the benefit of the contract due to high marginal rates of income tax and, although InvestCo was willing to provide funding, it did not want to be directly involved in the trading development. Our client had the necessary experience and was keen to be involved in the project but could not provide the funding.
By introducing two new corporate members into the LLP, one owned by the original members and the other by our client and InvestCo, it was possible to reconcile these differing interests and requirements. The solution enabled InvestCo to invest into the property development through a mixture of debt and equity, the original LLP members received their original investment back and, together with our client, were able to enjoy entrepreneurs’ relief on the profits returned through the winding up of the corporate members that were introduced into the LLP, giving an effective tax rate on these profits of 10%. InvestCo received its return through a mixture of interest on the loans it advanced and through a gain on its equity investment. As is often the case in property transactions, there were other, simpler, transactions possible but none that as elegantly reconciled the differing commercial and tax requirements of all the parties involved.
Providing accurate, real time reports for a multi-million pound property development group
We maintain the accounting records of a multi-million pound property group; using our online solution and making use of technology to import data and scan invoices, we keep pace with their fast growth and expansion.
Our monthly management reports incorporate budgets so that directors can monitor spend by each development.
haysmacintyre reports to both the institutional and private investors, who have access to the online records for reference. We liaise closely with both parties to provide the information they need to support their investment.
In addition, we provide a full range of advisory services to the directors, including VAT and tax planning.