If you sell an asset that is subject to capital gains tax, you need to advise the Inland Revenue when you make a capital gain or if you wish to claim a loss. To do this you need to complete a self-assessment tax return for the year in question. This is usually completed online or alternatively by using the paper based forms that are available from HMRC.
If you do not normally complete this return each year, you will need contact your tax office and request the return. If you don’t have access to the HMRC online self-assessment username and password, you will need to obtain one.
You do not need to report any gain if it is exempt from CGT. Residential property that is classed as your main home is usually exempt from CGT. Information about CGT gains on assets can be found on the HMRC website. If the gain is not exempt and below the CGT annual allowance of £11,300 for the tax year 2017/18, you should still complete the self-assessment tax return.
Keep good records
It is important to keep records of the purchases and sale of assets over the years. You should also keep records about any expenditure you may have incurred whilst owning the asset. Some of the expenditure may qualify to reduce the gain, depending on the type of expense. This will help you to work out potential gains and losses.
The calculations for some clients could be very complex and it is important that the correct figures are returned to the Revenue to ensure you are paying capital gains tax correctly. This link covers more information about capital gains tax rules .
We would recommend that you seek professional advice on any money matters from an appropriately qualified tax planner. when you are considering selling or gifting assets. The Government website www.gov.uk has a lot of useful information about paying capital gains tax.
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Capital Gains tax on shares and investments. When you sell shares, you will either make a profit or a loss. Profits made are classed as a capital gain.
There are some exemptions where capital gains tax (CGT) is not liable:
Apart from the exemptions, sales or disposal of the shares will normally be classed as a potential capital gain.
Each person has an allowance each year they can use to reduce the amount of CGT they might pay. If your total gains for the tax year are below the “annual exempt allowance” you will not have to pay any tax.
If your gains are over the allowance then tax would be due on the balance. It might also be possible to offset any losses from previous tax years. If you do not use your annual exempt allowance for CGT in a tax year, then you lose it and you cannot carry it forward to another year. The CGT tax rate payable will depend on your total income and any gains made for the tax year in question.
The government changed the way Capital Gains were taxed from April 2015. The amount of tax due will depend whether you are a basic or higher rate taxpayer.
If you sell a property, you might have to pay tax. This tax is called capital gains tax. The amount you might have to pay will depend on the amount of profit you make.
If the property you are considering selling is your main residence then you would normally be entitled to “Principle private residence relief”. This relief normally allows you to you to sell your home without incurring capital gains tax (CGT).