Currently when you sell a residential investment property you pay CGT via self assessment, so if you sell now, that’s in the tax year to 5th April 2020, due for payment by 31st January 2021, but that’s changing very soon.
From 6 April 2020, when a UK resident disposes of UK land, a CGT return will need to be submitted to HMRC within 30 days of the completion of the disposal, and the full liability will be payable within that same 30 day window.
That’s a big change in time scales!
In order to file potentially complex returns within that time scale, investors will need to
- Keep full up to date records
- An estimate of the UK Taxpayer full income will be needed to assess the rate of CGT to be applied
- Details of the tax payers unused CGT annual exemption
- Details of any CGT losses unused
These rules will also apply to Trusts
The rules will apply to UK Properties first and its planned to include overseas property a year later.