The Chancellor announced in his Autumn Budget that from 27 October 2021 the deadline for UK residents to report and pay Capital Gains Tax (CGT) after selling UK residential property will increase from 30 days after the completion date to 60 days.
This change follows a recommendation made by The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) earlier this year. Details of the OTS recommendation can be found here
Rules introduced in April 2020 had meant that a UK resident disposing of UK residential property making a gain which is liable to CGT had just 30 days from the date of completion to inform HMRC and pay any tax owed. The OTS said that this was a challenging deadline and had found that a third of CGT returns were being filed late. This change will help to ensure that taxpayers have sufficient time to report and pay the CGT.
For non-UK residents disposing of property in the UK, this deadline will also increase from 30 days to 60 days.
When mixed-use property is disposed of by UK residents, legislation will also clarify that the 60 day payment window will only apply to the residential element of the property gain.
HMRC have confirmed that the 60 day limit will only apply to disposals made on or after 27 October 2021. Disposals before that date still need to meet the 30-day requirement.
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