Navigating Allowable Expenses

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Allowable expenses are essentially costs directly associated with the buying, owning, improving, or selling of your property. They are deducted from the gain you’ve made to calculate the ‘net gain’ – and it’s this net gain that is potentially subject to CGT.

It is important to note that expenses that have been claimed under Self Assessment would not be allowable.

If you do not have receipts for expenses contact us for a discussion as to how you may evidence expenditure.

It can sometimes be tricky to establish which expenses are Capital and which are Revenue. Give us a call if you are unsure.

What Can You Deduct?

The rules surrounding allowable expenses can be complex, but here are some common examples you might be able to deduct when selling a residential property:

1. Buying Costs: These include legal fees, solicitors fees, valuations and any other expenditure directly related to the property purchase.

2. Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT): The amount you paid in SDLT when buying the property can be deducted.

3. Improvement Costs: Money spent on enhancing the property – such as the cost of an extension, a new kitchen or a loft conversion – can be deducted. However, routine maintenance and repair costs are not included.

4. Costs related to Title: Expenditure on proving ownership or extending a lease.

5. Costs of establishing the property’s value: If you’ve paid for a valuation of the property to calculate the gain or loss, these costs can also be deducted.

6. Sales Costs: Estate Agents and Solicitors Fees together with any other expenses directly related to the sale of the property

Remember, this isn’t an exhaustive list and everyone’s situation is different, so it’s important to seek professional advice when calculating your CGT.


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