You pay Capital Gains Tax on the gain when you sell (or ‘dispose of’):
- most personal possessions worth £6,000 or more, apart from your car
- property that isn’t your main home
- your main home if you’ve let it out, used it for business or it’s very large
- shares that aren’t in an ISA or PEP
- business assets
These are known as ‘chargeable assets’.
Depending on the asset, you may be able to reduce any tax you pay by claiming a relief.
When you don’t pay it
You only have to pay Capital Gains Tax on your total gains above an annual tax-free allowance.
You don’t usually pay tax on gifts to your husband, wife, civil partner or a charity.
What you don’t pay it on
You don’t pay Capital Gains Tax on certain assets, including any gains you make from:
- ISAs or PEPs
- UK government gilts and Premium Bonds
- betting, lottery or pools winnings
When someone dies
You may have to pay Capital Gains Tax even if your asset is overseas.
If you’re abroad
You have to pay tax on gains you make on residential property in the UK even if you’re non-resident for tax purposes. You don’t pay Capital Gains Tax on other UK assets, eg shares in UK companies, unless you return to the UK within 5 years of leaving.