My gross income for 2022/23 was going to be 110,000£ before I made a SIPP contribution.
I then made such contribution before the end of the fiscal year, so that my gross income will drop below 100k£, let's say to 95k£.
Am I obliged to file for Self Assessment, especially to recover the higher-rate tax relief (in fact I need to get even more, since I was in the 100-125k£ tax trap bracket)? Or can I just send a letter stating that I did such SIPP contribution and get a payment (which is what I used to do when I had a lower income)?
I am in the process of buying my first property in UK.
I have a small property abroad. My understanding is that if the value of such overseas property is above 40,000£, I will liable for the additional 3% of stamp duty.
The problem is that this (difficult-to-sell) foreign property may be worth literally around 40,000£ (I "feel" it may be less, like 35,000£).
Are there any guidelines in such cases? Does HMRC require a professional evaluation of such foreign property to see if it goes beyond the 40k£ threshold, or in these cases a weaker evidence (e.g. asking prices on advertisements of similar properties) is enough?