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The government needs to do more to help the self-employed

From pensions to buy-to-let tax changes, more needs to be done

By Andy Davis   January 2018

Evidence has recently emerged that the buy-to-let (BTL) tax changes George Osborne introduced while Chancellor (particularly the phased removal of tax relief on mortgage interest and 3 per cent extra stamp duty) are having their desired effect. Lending data suggests BTL owners are selling properties and paying down debt. This tax squeeze on rental property may or may not be positive for the housing market, but it is very unhelpful for one group the government says it wants to help: the self-employed.

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