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Changes to paying Capital Gains Tax on residential property from 6 April

From 6 April 2020 there is a major change in the reporting and payment of Capital Gains Tax on residential property disposals. From that date, it will be necessary to report the disposal of the property within 30 days of completion of the disposal and pay Capital Gains Tax on account to HMRC.

This will be a significant acceleration of the payment date as Capital Gains Tax is currently payable with income tax on 31 January following the end of the tax year. Hence, where completion of a property disposal takes place on 1 April 2020 Capital Gains Tax will be due 31 January 2021. If, however completion was delayed to 1 May 2020, Capital Gains Tax would need to be paid on 31 May 2020.

Note that the new 30 day reporting and payment obligation will not apply where no tax is payable such as the disposal of the taxpayer’s private residence.

Landlords in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire and further afield can contact the DPC team to discover how this affects them.



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