Capital Gains Tax is a tax on the profit when you sell (or ‘dispose of’) something (an ‘asset’) that’s increased in value.
It’s the gain you make that’s taxed, not the amount of money you receive.
So it doesn’t apply to Property Developers, their profits are trading income not investment income.
Disposing of an asset includes:
- selling it
- giving it away as a gift, or transferring it to someone else
- swapping it for something else
If you sell a property that your have lived in you will probably qualify for Principle Private Residence Relief
Even it it wasn’t your Principle Private Residence but you did own it personally you will still get an allowance of £11,100 tax free.
Companies get an indexation allowance
Residential properties don’t qualify for business asset rollover relief.
Once you have worked out your gain, the choices for individuals are:
Report your gain and pay straight away
You can use the Report Capital Gains Tax online service for the 2016 to 2017 tax year (6 April 2016 to 5 April 2017) if you’re a UK resident.
You’ll need a Government Gateway account – you can set one up from the sign-in page.
You don’t need to wait for the end of the tax year – you can use this service as soon as you’ve calculated your gains and the tax you owe.
Report in a Self Assessment tax return
Use Self Assessment to report your gain in the tax year after you disposed of assets.
If you’re already registered but haven’t received a letter reminding you to fill in a return, contact HMRC by 5 October.
You must send your return by 31 January (31 October if you send paper forms).