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CGT changes

CGT Payment Period Doubled

Martin Swain, Director

Payment Period on residential CGT is Doubled

The government has now announced that it has now doubled the period for filing and payment of capital gains tax (CGT) on residential property from 30 days to 60 days as announced by chancellor Rishi Sunak in the recent Autumn Budget.

The change comes into place from 27 October 2021. It sees the deadline for residents to report and pay CGT post residential UK sale increase from 30 days after the completion date to 60 days.

For all non-UK residents disposing of property in the UK, this deadline will also increase from 30 days to 60 days. When mixed-use property is disposed of by UK residents. New legislation will also clarify that the 60-day payment window will only apply to the residential element of the property gain.

The Treasury claims these changes will ensure that taxpayers have sufficient time to report and pay CGT, as recommended by the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS). The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) has campaigned for this change for the past 18 months.

Phil Hall, Head of Public Affairs and Public Policy at the AAT, said:

‘It’s a common-sense measure that helps taxpayers and their accountants whilst maintaining increased revenue for the Exchequer. Very pleased that HM Treasury and HMRC took on board the views of our members and changed their position accordingly.’

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