HMRC have updated their capital gains tax (CGT) reporting system to allow reports of second and subsequent disposals of UK residential property to be made online.
A new requirement to report and pay CGT on disposals of UK residential property within 30 days of completion applies to disposals made by UK resident taxpayers on or after 6 April 2020.
You may have to pay Capital Gains Tax if you make a profit (‘gain’) when you sell (or ‘dispose of’) property that’s not your home. For example, buy-to-let properties, land or inherited property.
In most cases you do not need to pay the tax when you sell your main home.
For UK property disposals made from 6 April 2020, you have 30 days after the property’s completion date to report and pay any Capital Gains Tax due on your UK property disposals.
Due to coronavirus (Covid-19) HMRC did not issue late penalties to any transactions completed between 6 April and 30 June 2020, provided the gain was reported and any tax due paid by 31 July 2020. Anyone who completes the sale of a property from 1 July 2020 onwards has 30 calendar days to report and pay the tax due.
Transactions completed from 1 July 2020 will receive a late filing penalty if they are not reported within 30 calendar days.
Interest will be charged if the tax remains unpaid after 30 days for all transactions from 6 April 2020.
How to report and pay the tax
You’ll need to create a Capital Gains Tax on UK property account before you can report and pay the tax using this service.
If you’re a resident or representing a trust, you can use this service to:
- Report the disposal of UK residential property or land made from 6 April 2020
- Pay any tax you might owe for that disposal
- View your previous and current returns
At the moment, if you need to amend an existing return you will need to contact HMRC.
If you’re a non-resident you must use this service to report sales or disposals from 6 April 2020 of:
- Residential UK property or land
- Non-residential UK property or land
- Mixed use UK property or land
- Rights to assets that derive at least 75% of their value from UK land (indirect disposals)
If you’re a non-resident, you must report all sales or disposals of UK property, even if you have no tax to pay or have made a loss.
Before you start
To use this service, you’ll need a Government Gateway user ID and password. If you do not have a user ID, you can create one.
You can contact HMRC if you need help accessing the service.
Get the following information ready:
- Property address and postcode
- Date you got the property
- Date you exchanged contracts when you were selling or disposing of the property
- Date you stopped being the property’s owner (completion date)
- Value of the property when you got it
- Value of the property when you sold or disposed of it
- Costs of buying, selling or making improvements to the property
- Details of any tax reliefs, allowances or exemptions you’re entitled to claim
- Property type, if you’re a non-resident
Source: Gov UK