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National heritage: section 258 TCGA: qualifying assets


Section 258 defines the categories of qualifying assets by reference to the list in section 31 Inheritance Tax Act 1984. The main categories of qualifying assets are:

  • Buildings of outstanding historic or architectural interest.
  • Land which is needed for the protection of the character and amenities of buildings of outstanding historic or architectural interest.
  • Objects historically associated with such a building.
  • Land of outstanding scenic, historic or scientific interest.
  • Objects - pictures, prints, books, manuscripts works of art or scientific objects and anything not falling within these categories that do not yield income - pre-eminent for their national, historic or artistic interest.

Any question concerning the status of an asset must be referred to Specialist PT - IHT - Heritage Team. See CG73301.