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HMRC internal manual

Capital Gains Manual

Bare trusts: introduction

There are many situations where the legal title to property is held by trustees. Forinstance if the asset is land, it has at some time been conveyed to them, and they areregistered as the owners. Similarly shares may be registered in the name of trustees.

But even though trustees hold the legal title to the property the property is notnecessarily settled property for the purposes of CGT, see CG33230. It is not settledproperty where one or more persons are `absolutely entitled as against the trustees’.