The Government has recently made a number of important announcements with regard to the taxation of residential property in the United Kingdom.Nick Barnes, Head of Research
The Government has recently made a number of important announcements with regard to the taxation of residential property in the United Kingdom. We summarise below the key changes regarding CGT on non-resident owners and what the implications are for anyone either currently owning or thinking of buying UK residential property.
The Government finally published the details of this new tax on non-resident owners of UK residential property shortly before the Autumn Statement. Final legislation will be included in the Finance Bill 2015 which will provide further details about how this CGT charge will operate when it comes into force in April 2015.
What is the current situation?
Currently, non-resident owners of UK residential property are not liable to capital gains tax in the UK unless the property is within the ATED system (see our separate note on ATED).
What are the proposed changes?
The Government has confirmed that, with effect from 6th April 2015, non-resident owners of UK residential property (including property that is in the process of being constructed or adapted for
such use) will be liable to capital gains tax in the UK upon disposal of their properties. Disposals of rights to acquire a UK residential property 'off-plan' (i.e. before it has been constructed) will be
treated in the same way as if it were a disposal of an interest in a completed property.
Non-resident partnerships and tax transparent non-resident trusts will likewise be treated in the same way as their resident equivalents: any chargeable gain on the disposal of property by the partnership will result in a CGT charge on each partner individually, subject to any PPR relief which may be available.
The proposed rates of tax are as follows:
The Government has confirmed that the tax will not be retrospectively applied and that only gains made after April 2015 will be taxed. The government will allow either rebasing to 5 April 2015 or a time-apportionment of the gain over the whole period of ownership. Individuals and companies will need to report to HMRC within 30 days of the date of completion that a disposal has been made and make a payment of the tax that is due. Where a person has an existing relationship with HMRC, they will be able to make a payment as part of their self-assessment return instead. There will be no requirement for purchasers to withhold tax or check the residence status of vendors.
What are the potential implications for you?
You may be liable to pay the tax if you own UK residential property and you fall within any of the following categories:
The most obvious implication is that non-residents (including expatriate Britons) will face an additional tax charge when selling UK residential property after 5th April 2015. Three factors will be critical in determining how much tax will be liable:
If CGT is liable, then a valuation of the property as at 5th April 2015 is vital. There is no requirement in the legislation as it stands at present for a formal valuation, however if HMRC were to challenge the value then clearly the more robust the valuation the stronger your case would be.
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