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HMRC publishes guidance on CGT on UK property disposals

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Published: 21 Dec 2021 Update History

Reporting of capital gains tax on disposals of UK residential property has been beset by problems since its introduction in April 2020. ICAEW’s Tax Faculty highlights new guidance published in HMRC’s manuals and other available information.

The long-awaited detailed HMRC guidance on capital gains tax (CGT) on disposals of UK residential property has been published as an appendix to the CGT manual.

This guidance comes in three parts:

  • Accessing the CGT on UK property account
  • Submitting returns through the CGT on UK property account
  • Interaction with self assessment (this part not yet published, expected very early in January 2022).

The Tax Faculty has suggested the guidance might be expanded to cover the related penalties for late submission and payment.

Further information

Other developments

  • The service has not yet been updated to reflect the change announced at Autumn Budget 2021 to extend the deadline for reporting and payment from 30 days to 60 days. ICAEW understands this work is in hand but is not aware of the timing for implementation.
  • HMRC incorrectly issued 6 and 12-month late filing penalties for 2020/21 to a very small number of taxpayers who reported CGT on a disposal of a UK property. This error has now been corrected and the penalties cancelled. HMRC will be writing to all affected taxpayers to notify them of this error and reassure them that the incorrect penalty has been cancelled. Where the penalty has already been paid, HMRC is arranging refunds: in some cases, taxpayers will be asked to supply bank details to facilitate the refund.
  • ICAEW is concerned that the digital service is not accessible to many that need to use it, with the result that significant numbers of CGT returns are being filed on paper. Discussions with HMRC continue but improvements are unlikely in the foreseeable future.   
  • As of the beginning of December 2021, HMRC was processing paper returns from October 2021, although a small number of older cases with amendments or additional returns are outstanding for longer. Where a paper return is filed payment is due 30 days from the date of the HMRC demand (this has been increased from 15 days).
  • ICAEW and other professional bodies are continuing to engage with HMRC on what might be done to raise awareness of the requirements which continues to be poor.  
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