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    Capital Gains Tax question

    Hi,

    I own one property ( a shared ownership property) I lived in it for 5 years and moved out when I had children as it was too small. I have let it out for the last 2 years and do a tax return for this income.

    I am privately renting a house with my boyfriend and two children as we can't afford to buy at the moment.

    I will probably want to sell my flat in the next few years ( as it's S/O I can't keep it rented out indefinately anyway)

    Is there any way to avoid or reduce CGT seeing as this is my only owned home?

    Thanks for any advice.

    #2
    This might be possible if you moved back in to the house, albeit temporarily. Speak to an accountant!

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      #3
      Owners selling former "main residence" property are exempt liability to CGT for the period self-occupied plus further 3 years from the date of moving out.

      You can search the www.hmrc.gov.uk site for confirmation.

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        #4
        Plus further (up to) 40k tax free as well.

        My suspicion is that you have no CGT to pay for another five years at least; but if you give us cost and current market value we can confirm.

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