Capital gains tax

Capital Gains Tax is not a tax which is implemented worldwide although it does apply in the UK. It is a tax which is applied on items which have been purchased at a lower amount and then sold at a profit. Companies do not pay capital gains tax. Any capital gains made by a company are classed as profits and therefore subject to corporation tax instead.

In the tax year 2007/2008 the capital gains tax rate was 10%. This was raised to 18% for 2008/2009.

Examples of items on which capital gains tax is applied are Property, Precious Metals and Stocks and Bonds.

There is a Capital Gains Tax free allowance for individuals of £9,600.00 in 2008/2009 (ie any gains up to £9,600.00 are exempt from this tax). Any gain above this amount is taxed at 18%.

Entrepreneur Tax Relief

If however, you are an entrepreneur and are selling your business you are able to apply for a entrepreneur's relief which means that you can reduce Capital Gains Tax on the first £1,000,000.00 to 10% instead of the normal rate of £18%, this is a one off allowance and does not, unlike an individual allowance renew after a year has elapsed.

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Updated on 24th March, 2009

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