The chargeable gains of the tax year, after deduction of capital losses, available reliefs and the annual exemption, are taxed at 18% (basic rate income tax payers) or 28% (taxable income and gains exceed £32,010). CGT is self-assessed, reported and paid in conjunction with income tax – details are given on the Personal Taxation page
When a chargeable asset is given away, the donor is treated as receiving the full market value and is liable for CGT accordingly. However, there is no charge on disposal to a husband, wife or registered civil partner. The transferee takes over the transferor’s CGT cost.
Disposals of the following assets may qualify for ER if they have been owned for at least a year:
An individual will qualify for relief on all disposals until the lifetime total of such gains reaches £10m. The first £10m of gains will be charged to CGT at 10% instead of 18% or 28%.
A number of types of asset are exempt from CGT, including chattels (tangible movable property) which are bought and sold for less than £6,000; cars; and the taxpayer’s only or main residence. A taxpayer with more than one residence can make an election (within 2 years of acquiring the second) to choose which is to be exempt, but it is not possible to apply the exemption to an investment property which is rented out and has never been occupied by the owner.
Gifts to charity are not charged to CGT, and gifts of quoted shares and land also enjoy an income tax relief (see Personal Taxation).
Deferral of gains is allowed on some types of reinvestment, such as subscription for new EIS shares (see Investment Reliefs).
There is no CGT on gains accrued to the date of a taxpayer’s death. Instead, the value of the estate may be subject to IHT (see Inheritance Tax).