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Corporate Intangibles Research and Development Manual

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Reinvestment relief: computation: old asset within CG code


Consideration fully reinvested


  • the old asset is goodwill or an intangible asset within CIRD20050 (so that the disposal is within the CG code),
  • the disposal takes place on or after 1 April 2002, and
  • the net consideration on the disposal (see CIRD20060) is fully reinvested in chargeable intangible assets (see CIRD20035),


the reinvestment relief is equal to the chargeable gain.

Consideration partly reinvested

Where in these circumstances the proceeds are only partly reinvested in chargeable intangible assets (see CIRD20035) the reinvestment relief is equal to the excess of:

  • the amount so reinvested, over
  • the total of the sums deductible in computing the chargeable gain on the disposal.


In effect therefore, as in the case of CG roll-over relief where the disposal consideration is partly reinvested, relief is only available to the extent that the ‘gain’ element of the proceeds is reinvested (on the assumption that any reinvestment represents the ‘cost’ element in priority).


Assume goodwill is sold on or after 1 April 2002 for £120 (net of allowable incidental costs of disposal). Assume also the sums allowable in the CG tax computations are:

Cost of acquisition (including incidental costs)  
Indexation £10  
Total £100

The chargeable gain is therefore £20.

Assume that expenditure on replacement assets is £110.

The relief is therefore the amount by which the expenditure (£110) exceeds the sums deductible in computing the chargeable gain (£100), that is £10. If the expenditure onthe new assets had not exceeded £100 there would have been no amount available forrelief.

Part disposals

No special rules are needed for reinvestment relief on the part disposal of goodwill orintangible assets giving rise to CG.

Interaction with CG roll-over relief

CTA09/PART8 significantly restricts the extent to which goodwill and intangible assets can feature in a CG roll-over relief claim. See CIRD20270.