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Key recommendations from the second OTS CGT reform report

The second report from the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) is part of the government’s ongoing review of Capital Gains Tax (CGT). It identifies key practical, administrative and technical issues that exist in areas such as divorce, moving home and land transaction returns.

The OTS review into simplifying the UK CGT regime was requested by the Chancellor back in July 2020 and in response to this, a report was published in November 2020. The first report laid out policy and design recommendations that could be made to ensure CGT reforms and it highlighted the need for CGT rates to align closer to Income Tax.

The second report published on 20 May 2021 focuses on improvements that could be made to the underlying policies and principles of CGT that bring them into line with the way people live today, rather than when it was introduced in 1965. It also emphasizes the concerns around the low level of awareness many have on how the tax works and the apparent need for guidance and support in helping individuals deal with their reporting and paying obligations.

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The OTS review into simplifying the UK CGT regime was requested by the Chancellor back in July 2020 and in response to this, a report was published in November 2020. The first report laid out policy and design recommendations that could be made to ensure CGT reforms and it highlighted the need for CGT rates to align closer to Income Tax.

The second report published on 20 May 2021 focuses on improvements that could be made to the underlying policies and principles of CGT that bring them into line with the way people live today, rather than when it was introduced in 1965. It also emphasizes the concerns around the low level of awareness many have on how the tax works and the apparent need for guidance and support in helping individuals deal with their reporting and paying obligations.

key recommendations

Key recommendations

The second report provides fourteen recommendations, which focus on dealing with the awareness of the tax and streamlining the administration behind reporting and paying CGT. The main recommendations to note are the following:

  • CGT Reporting – Integration of the different ways of reporting and paying CGT, and introducing one Single Customer Account.
  • Extension of the reporting and payment deadlines for UK Property Tax returns from 30 to 60 days.
  • Extension of Private Residence Relief to include cases where a taxpayer occupies a property developed in their own garden. This also includes adjustments to allow private residence nominations to be captured through the Single Customer Account.
  • Couples separating or divorcing provided the opportunity to retain the spousal exemption when transferring assets between each other on divorce for at least two years after separation.
  • Investors - considering whether individuals holding the same share or unit across different portfolios should be treated as holding them in separate share pools to avoid reworking of the gains/losses realised across different investment managers.
  • Businesses – considering whether CGT should be paid at the time the cash is received in situations where the proceeds are deferred on sales of businesses or land, while preserving the eligibility to existing reliefs.
Other report highlights

Other report highlights

Further recommendations were also made by the OTS around expanding rollover relief rules where land and buildings are acquired under Compulsory Purchase Orders and reviewing the rules for enterprise investment schemes to ensure that current procedural and administrative issues do not prevent many from accessing these schemes. Additionally, suggestions in respect of foreign assets were made to consider whether the gains or losses should be calculated in the relevant currency and then later converted into sterling.

In light of the pandemic and existence of new homeworking arrangements, the report highlights guidance on non-residential uses of the main home. It stresses that legislative provisions and guidance should be updated and made clear that homeworking will not result in a restriction of the Private Residence Relief. Additionally, it recognises the need to update and modernise certain definitions i.e. lodgers, which is outdated and does not reflect current practices. 

What should you do?

What should you do?

As these are recommendations and no changes have been confirmed yet, in many circumstances it may not be appropriate to undertake any definitive tax planning based on these recommendations. However, it is important to be aware of the kind of changes that are under consideration and potentially think about how these may impact you. Click here to read our article on the first OTS report where we delve more into how CGT reform could impact investments, gifts and businesses. 

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