Private residence relief: tax returns
There are different return requirements for disposals by individuals and by trustees or personal representatives.
- no return is required if the disposal is fully relieved from Capital Gains Tax and the acquisition cost of the home is unaffected by gift hold-over relief under the provisions of TCGA92/S260 (see CG67030+).
- if partial relief is available, the taxpayer should provide the address of the property sold with a computation of the gain or loss
- relief may not be due if gift hold-over relief has been claimed on a disposal made on or after 10 December 2003 (see CG65440). Relief may be restricted if gift hold-over relief has been claimed on a disposal made before 10 December 2003 (see CG64933).
Trustees or personal representatives
- a return is required because private residence relief, whether under the provisions of TCGA92/S225 or TCGA92/S225A, must be claimed (see CG65440 (trustees) and CG65460 (personal representatives).
In most cases an assertion that any gain is wholly relieved need not be challenged and a computation of the gain will not be needed. You should look out for disposals which may not be wholly relieved but should consider whether enquiries are worthwhile in trivial cases.