Capital gains tax changes

A new rate of Capital Gains Tax (CGT) of 28% will be introduced.

For individuals, the rate of CGT remains at 18% where total taxable gains and income, after taking into account all allowable deductions including losses, personal allowances and the CGT annual exemption, are less than the basic rate limit. The new 28% rate will apply to gains or any parts of gains above this limit. The new rate of CGT will apply to gains arising on or after 23 June 2010. Subject to a number of conditions, gains on qualifying business disposals by individuals and certain trustees are eligible for Entrepreneurs’ Relief. This provides an effective CGT rate of 10% and works by applying a 4/9 reduction to the chargeable gain and then charging the balance at 18%. The change to the CGT rate would mean that the normal 4/9 reduction would no longer achieve 10%. The rules will be changed so that the rate of tax for gains on qualifying disposals on or after 23 June 2010 will be 10% and the previous 4/9 reduction will cease to apply from this date. The amount of gains that can qualify for Entrepreneurs’ Relief will also be raised from £2 million to £5 million for gains arising on or after 23 June 2010.