Capital Gains Tax
Capital Gains Tax is a tax on the gain or profit you make when you sell, give away or otherwise dispose of something that you own, such as shares or property. Your Capital Gains Tax bill can be reduced by a tax-free allowance and some additional reliefs. Sometimes you may not have any tax to pay.
It is the gain or profit you make that is taxed - not the amount of money you have received.
Evans & Co Accountants can help you keep all the required records and calculate all Capital Gains Tax you may need to pay.
For Capital Gains Tax purposes, if you make a gift to a child, to other people or companies; this is considered a ‘disposal’ and you may owe some Capital Gains Tax. If you make a gift to a spouse, civil partner or charity; then you normally won't have to pay any Capital Gains Tax.
When you inherit an asset you do not have to pay any Capital Gains Tax until you sell or dispose of it. Usually you will need to get a valuation of the asset at the date of death.
Divorce, separation or dissolving a civil partnership
If you get divorced, separated or dissolve a civil partnership, you may transfer assets between you. For Capital Gains Tax purposes these are considered 'disposal'. Whether you are liable depends on the date of transfer and whether you are living together at the time.
Records you need to keep
You must keep records associated with buying, selling, acquiring or disposing of assets. You should also keep any records that show your expenses in relation to the asset. These will help you work out the gain or loss and support your tax return or claim.
Calculating gains or losses
Whenever you sell or dispose of an asset, you need to work out the gain or loss on each individual asset. You should include any costs associated with acquiring or disposing of the asset, and apply any tax reliefs.
Then by bringing all of the individual gains and losses together you can work out the overall gain or loss for the tax year and the amount of tax due.
You only have to pay Capital Gains Tax if you have overall gains above the annual tax-free allowance.