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Capital Gains Tax - A point to watch

Under the old rules, where an individual acquired shares on more than one date, the legislation specified which shares were treated as sold for CGT purposes on a part disposal. Shares were generally matched on a ‘last in, first out’ basis, (with exceptions for “bed and breakfasting” within 30 days).

As part of the simplification of CGT, the rules for disposals after 5 April 2008 have changed and could produce some unfortunate results. From that date the cost of all shares in any one company will be averaged.

Assuming an increasing share price over the period in which shares have been acquired, the taxable gain on the first disposals made after 5 April 2008 could be considerably higher than would have been the case under the previous legislation.

 

 

Date: 28th April, 2008
Author: Cathy Corns

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