HMRC crack down on abuse of rent-a-room relief Concerns that original purpose is being abused.

The rent-a-room scheme is a relief which provides that the rent received by an individual from a lodger (currently £7,500) can be exempt from income tax.

This limit is halved if another person is also entitled to the income. For example, where a husband and wife own the property jointly the limit is reduced to £3,750 (£2,125 prior to 2016/17) each.

Tax crackdown brings in £468m for HMRC

HMRC’s crackdown on small and medium sized Enterprises has intensified as tax investigations into large businesses have become “less profitable”, with in-house tax specialists and better resources allowing companies to close down HMRC investigations.