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Property sellers warned of ‘seismic’ shift in tax rules

By Hamant Verma on 22 January 2020

The CIOT is alerting property owners with taxable gains on their residential properties to plan for a ‘seismic change’ in how tax is paid.

From 6 April 2020 UK residents who sell a residential property that gives rise to a capital gains tax (CGT) liability must send a new standalone online return to HMRC and pay the tax due within 30 days of completion of the sale. The new filing and payment timeframe is different from the current position where taxpayers have until the Self Assessment tax deadline of 31 January after the tax year in which the disposal is made, to complete a tax return and pay the CGT.

The current system means that, depending on timing of the sale, CGT is due anything from 10 months to 22 months after the sale or disposal. The new 30-day deadline means people have less time to calculate the CGT, report the gain and pay the tax, warns the CIOT. The new return will need to be done online, requiring taxpayers to have a Government Gateway account to either submit the return themselves or to digitally authorise a tax agent to do it for them.

Selling or disposing of a residential property that gives rise to a taxable gain will fall within the new 30-day deadline if the disposal is completed on or after 6 April 2020. Residential property owners with likely taxable capital gains who are going through the process of selling now should keep a close eye on the Government’s website (Gov.UK) to check for updates on how the new system will work. The CIOT expects more details by 6 April 2020.