Category: Capital Gains

Capital gains tax and chattels

For capital gains tax purposes, not all chattels are equal. In some cases, it is possible to realise a profit on the disposal of a chattel and enjoy that profit tax free, whereas in other cases, capital gains tax must be paid. It all depends on whether the chattel is a wasting chattel or a…


Worthless assets and negligible value claims

Where an asset has been lost or destroyed or the value of the asset has become negligible, it may be possible to take advantage of an allowable loss for capital gains tax purposes. It should be noted, however, that the loss will only be an allowable loss if any gain on the disposal of the…


Private residence relief and the final period exemption

From a capital gains tax perspective, there are significant tax savings to be had if a property has been the owner’s only or main residence. The main gains are where the property has been the only or main residence throughout the whole period of ownership as private residence relief applies in full to shelter any…


Beware disposals to family members – the ‘market value’ rule

At first sight, the calculation of a capital gain or loss on the disposal of an asset is relatively straightforward – simply the difference between the amount received for the sale of that asset and the cost of acquiring (and, where relevant) enhancing it, allowing for the incidental costs of acquisition and disposal. However, as…


Entrepreneur’s relief – the basics

Entrepreneurs’ relief is intended to reduce the rate of capital gains tax to a flat rate of 10% on certain qualifying business disposals. Certain aspects of the relief have recently changed, and this may affect any subsequent tax liability. A qualifying business disposal must include a material disposal of business assets. For these purposes, a…


Here are the conditions you need to meet to get tax relief on expenses before letting out a property

Claiming a deduction for pre-letting expenses For tax purposes, a property rental business begins when the first property is let. However, it is likely that the landlord will have incurred some expenses prior to that date in getting the property ready to let and in finding a tenant and agreeing the let. Once the letting…


Main residence relief – beware when buying off-plan

Private residence relief exempts any gain arising on the sale of the only or main residence from capital gains tax. Where the property has been occupied as the main residence throughout the period of ownership, the whole gain is exempt; if the property has only been occupied as a main residence for part of the…


What makes a property a residence?

Capital gains tax private residence is relief is available where a property is occupied as the taxpayer’s only or main residence. The question of what constitutes ‘occupation as a residence’ was considered recently by the Tribunal, with perhaps surprising results. Quality not quantity There is no minimum period of residence that is needed for private…


Did you know you can earn up to £7,500 tax-free from an Airbnb?

Renting out a room Rent-a-room relief was introduced to encourage people to let spare rooms in their own home in order to increase the supply of low-cost rental accommodation. In return, the recipient is able to earn up to £7,500 a year tax-free. Plans to restrict the relief so that it was only available where the occupation by…


Letting a property as a furnished holiday let – is it worthwhile?

Where a property is located in a holiday region, a consideration will be whether to let it as a furnished holiday let or on a longer-term basis. As well as differing rental income, there are tax differences to consider too. Furnished holiday lets From a tax perspective, special rules apply to furnished holiday lets, which…