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.