Are you looking to sell a residential property? From April 2020 you will only have 30 days to pay your Capital Gains Tax (CGT).

The UK Government have decided they want to receive the Capital Gains Tax on residential property sales much sooner. So, the rules have been changed.

From April 2020, if you are a UK resident and dispose of UK residential property, you will need to pay your Capital Gains Tax and submit CGT returns, within 30 days of completion of the sale. For example, if the sale completes on 1 July 2020, the CGT will be due by 30 July 2020. Currently, you have either 10 or 22 months to pay CGT, so this is a big change.

What will happen if you don’t pay CGT within 30 days?

There will be penalties and interest charged for failure to do so. HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) have been communicating the change in rules. Therefore, it will be much harder if you miss the deadline, to successfully appeal against any penalties. Therefore, it’s crucial you seek tax support to ensure you comply with the new rules. Ellacotts expert tax team can take the stress away and carry out the CGT return work for you.

The new rules apply to individuals, trustees and personal representatives. There are some exemptions in place with regards to certain sales, for example, the sale of your main residence.

Non-UK residents are already within this regime and from 6 April 2019, this was extended to apply to direct and indirect disposals of all UK land (whether or not a gain arises).

What should you do about the CGT changes?

Landlords have faced so many changes over recent years; the restriction to the mortgage interest relief, additional Stamp Duty Land Tax and the new regime for non-UK residents mean that the new payment regime is yet another cash-flow blow.

If you own property and you haven’t yet had tax advice to understand how this will impact you and understand the planning options that are available, then Ellacotts would be happy to help. Our tax team specialise in property taxation for landlords and are well placed to advise. Contact Ann Bibby on 01295 250401 or email abibby@ellacotts.co.uk or contact us here.