The deadlines for filing and paying CGT arising on the disposal of an interest in a UK property are changing from 6 April 2020. These changes apply to both UK residents and non-UK residents. These changes don’t apply if the residential property has been used solely as the owner’s private residence during the time it was owned.

UK residents disposing of UK residential property

The changes for UK residents only apply to disposals of UK residential property.

From 6 April 2020, a UK resident disposing of a residential property in the UK making a gain which is liable to CGT will have 30 calendar days from the date of completion to tell HMRC and pay any CGT owed. They will be able to do this using a new online service.

This doesn’t apply if the residential property is the person’s home and it’s been used solely as their private residence during the time it was owned. This is because the disposal will be covered by Private Residence Relief.

Non-UK residents disposing of UK property

Non-UK residents must continue to report sales or disposals of interests in UK property or land regardless of whether there is a CGT liability, within 30 days of completion of the disposal.

This includes disposals of residential properties, non-residential properties and indirect disposals.

From 6 April 2020, there is no longer an option to defer payment of CGT via a Self- Assessment return, and any tax owed must be paid within the 30-day reporting and payment period.

From 6 April 2020 non-UK residents will be able to use the new online service, which will replace the current reporting service.

If you need some help in preparing your CGT computation and filing using the online service please contact us.