Understanding 60-Day Capital Gains Tax Reporting: Your Friendly Guide

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If you’re selling a residential property in the UK, there’s a significant tax change you need to be aware of: the 60-Day Capital Gains Tax (CGT) reporting and payment rule.

So, what’s this 60-Day Rule?
Introduced in April 2020, the 30-Day Rule was altered to 60 days in the Autumn Budget 2021. The rule means that you have just 60 days from the completion of a property sale to report the disposal and pay any Capital Gains Tax owed to HMRC. This is a significant shift from the previous system, which gave you until the Self Assessment tax deadline (31st January following the end of the tax year in which the disposal was made) to report the gain and pay the tax.

Why the Change?
The change was introduced to collect tax sooner. Under the old rules, it could be up to 22 months before tax was paid on the gain from a property sale. The 30-day rule ensures that tax is paid much more quickly.

Who Does This Affect?
The 60-day rule applies to both residents and non-residents disposing of residential property in the UK where a CGT liability arises. That includes landlords selling rental properties and individuals selling a second home or a main home that doesn’t fully qualify for Private Residence Relief.

How Do I Report and Pay?
Reporting and paying the CGT due within 60 days can be done through the UK Government’s online service. We can help you with this.

What if I Miss the Deadline?
If you miss the 60-day deadline, HMRC may impose penalties, and you may also have to pay interest on the tax owed. So, it’s crucial to be aware of the completion date of your property sale and ensure you report and pay your CGT promptly.

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