Non-wasting chattels

As a follow up to last quarter’s article on tax free profits (e.g. on cars), we now look at ‘non-wasting’ chattels (which are defined as “tangible moveable property”).

Unlike ‘wasting assets’, these do not have a predictable life of less than 50 years. Common examples are antiques, paintings and fine wines.

Non-wasting chattels are exempt from Capital Gains Tax (CGT) if the sale proceeds do not exceed £6,000. Where the asset sells for more than £6,000, you must do two calculations – one based on the actual cost and the other being five-thirds of the proceeds less £6,000. The lower figure is your taxable gain.

It is worth noting that if you dispose of a number of chattels individually and they actually comprise a set, such as an antique set of chairs, the set will be considered to be one asset for these purposes, so extreme care needs to be taken.

A useful tip is for married couples to buy non-wasting chattels jointly. This ensures that no CGT will arise if the consideration is likely to be £12,000 or less. 

For further advice on the tax treatment of chattels and other tax matters, please get in touch with your usual Buzzacott contact. Alternatively, please complete the form below and a member of our team will be in touch.

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