Capital gains tax reduction: how to reduce your liability to CGT | Personal finance | Finance

It generally applies to stocks, investment funds, secondary properties, inherited properties, the sale of a business or valuables, including works of art, jewelry and antiques. worth £6,000 or more. Failure to report capital gains tax on assets may result in a fine.

Individuals have 60 days from the date of transfer to declare a disposal of assets and pay any tax due without incurring a fine.

CGT is also payable on all coins which are not recognized as legal tender in the UK, such as gold, silver or platinum coins as well as gold and silver bullion.

It is possible to limit the liability to tax on capital gains by making the most of the losses to reduce the gain.

Indeed, all gains and losses for the same tax year must be offset against each other, which then affects the amount of the gain subject to tax.

Persons who transfer assets to a spouse or civil partner are exempt from capital gains tax.

This doubles the CGT exemption to £24,600 for married couples and civil partners.

The exception to this is if the couple were separated and did not live together at all during the relevant tax year.

The tax year runs from April 6 to April 5 of the following year.


If the spouse or civil partner subsequently sells the asset, they may have to pay tax on any gain if the asset was disposed of.

Their gain will be calculated on the difference in value between when they first owned the asset and when they disposed of it.

It is important for people to keep track of how much they have paid for each asset.

Another way to get capital gains tax relief is to donate land, property or shares to charity.

However, if a person sells property to charity both for more than what they paid for and for less than its market value, they will not be exempt from CGT.

People only have to pay it on earnings that exceed their annual non-taxable allowance.

The first £12,300 of capital gains each year is tax free. The CGT is invoiced at 10% for taxpayers at the base rate.

People don’t need to pay capital gains tax on gains made from Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs), UK government gilts and premium bonds, betting winnings, lottery or pools.

It is necessary to notify Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) if a person’s taxable gain is more than four times their allowance. They must also report their earnings on their tax return if they have registered for self-assessment.

Capital gains tax is the profit made when an asset is sold for more than its acquisition cost.

It is calculated from the realized gain (the increase in value of the sale price compared to the purchase price) for a property held for more than one year.

Britons are always encouraged to do their research and seek financial advice if necessary when making decisions on tax-related matters.

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