Estates Gazette Rural View: Christmas Reading

I have been writing a quarterly column for the Estates Gazette since 2013 called Rural View.  This year's articles have covered Water, Forestry, Scotland and farming safety.  If you'd like to catch up with any of the articles over the Christmas holiday, here they are: Farming Safety: EG Rural View Dec 14 H&S Scotland: Rural View Sep … Continue reading Estates Gazette Rural View: Christmas Reading

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Valuation: Cross-roads or cul-de-sac?

This was the title of my presentation at the RICS Wales Rural Conference held on Tuesday 9 December 2014 in Llandrindod Wells.  Here are the slides. The contrast between the complexities of valuing woodland for taxation purposes and renewable energy installations is meant to indicate the broad sweep of the challenge facing the modern rural … Continue reading Valuation: Cross-roads or cul-de-sac?

Stamp Duty Land Tax and Commercial Forestry

A curious question was posed at last week's RICS Rural Web class on Forestry Taxation and Valuation.  Can Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) on the purchase of commercial forestry be reduced by removing the value of the trees from the overall purchase price?  Further investigation was required. It seems that the Birmingham Stamp Office has … Continue reading Stamp Duty Land Tax and Commercial Forestry