When do I have to pay Capital Gains tax? 

You have to pay Capital Gains tax when you sell an asset, for example, a business, a second property or shares on an heirloom and you make money from the sale. Some assets are tax-free. You don’t have to pay Capital Gains tax if all your gains in a year are under your tax-free allowance. The tax-free allowance is as follows:

  • £11,300
  • £5,650 for trusts

You also don’t pay it on certain assets, including any gains you make from:

  • ISAs or PEPs (personal equity plan)
  • UK government gilts and premium bonds
  • Betting, lottery or pool winnings

You pay Capital Gains tax when you sell:

  • 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, or used part/all of your home exclusively for business
  • Shares that aren’t in an ISA or PEP
  • Business assets

These are known as chargeable assets.

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