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Capital Gains Tax planning point - ends 5 April 2008

Please find below a piece from Cathy Corns posted on our sister blog SME Plus Blog.

HMRC has recently confirmed one very important point on assets that have been owned for a number of years. Such assets will have accrued a substantial amount of indexation relief (over 100% to date on assets held on 31 March 1982). Where an individual owns such assets on 5 April 2008 the indexation relief is irretrievably lost.

However HMRC have now confirmed (http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/cgt/faqs-cgt-reform.htm) that where an asset is transferred to a spouse or civil partner on a no-gain no-loss transfer the indexation relief is captured as part of the new owner’s base cost for tax purposes. This is an important planning possibility.

Regrettably though life in tax is never 100% straightforward – if the original owner would qualify for the new entrepreneurs relief and the new owner would not then the value of the historic indexation has to be compared with the value of the new relief before any transfer is made.

 

 

Date: 30th January, 2008
Author: Lisa Spearman

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