Navigating Residential Capital Gains Tax in Divorce: What You Need to Know

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The Challenges of Divorce and Tax

Navigating through a divorce is a challenging time in anyone’s life. And while tax implications may be the furthest thing from your mind, understanding how Capital Gains Tax (CGT) applies to the division of residential property in a divorce can be crucial to ensuring a fair settlement and preventing any unexpected tax bills down the line.

Capital Gains Tax: The Basics

Capital Gains Tax is a tax on the profit you make when you sell (or ‘dispose of’) an asset that’s increased in value. In the context of a divorce, this could apply if you’re transferring ownership or selling a property.

Private Residence Relief: It can be complicated

Private Residence Relief is a significant factor in how CGT applies in a divorce. If a property has been your main home, you might be eligible for Private Residence Relief, which could reduce or even eliminate your CGT liability.

In the context of a divorce, you can continue to get Private Residence Relief on a property for up to nine months after you move out. If the property is transferred to your ex-spouse within this period, the transfer won’t attract CGT.

There is a great deal of complexity in the HMRC Guidance on this matter and we are here to help.

Transferring Property in the Tax Year of Separation has changed for the better!

April 2023 brought a change to the draconian requirement to make a ‘no gain no loss’ transfer in the tax year of separation. You now also have the three immediate tax years following separation to make a transfer on a ‘no loss, no gain’ basis


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