Are you referring to the rental property?
How long have you owned it? Was it in joint names until you separated or divorced?
Are you still living together?
If a married couple swap assets before the end of the tax year in which they separate, the transactions are treated as being done on a no gain, no loss basis. That is not the case if the transfers occur after the end of the tax year of separation. Take a look at HS281 here for more information. You can be effectively separated even if you still co-habit.
The cost of the rental property for CGT purposes will be the sum of 50% of the original purchase price and 50% of the value when the other 50% was transferred to you. However, if the property was transferred to you in the tax year of separation, you use the whole of the original purchase price as your cost for CGT purposes as you simply take your spouse's share of the cost as your own.
Take a look at HS283 here. See example 9 which is a property which has been the main home and let. You cannot simply move into a property for a few months and wipe away a potential CGT liability. Whether you have one or not depends on the amount of the gain made on sale, whether the property was ever your main home and, if so, for how long and whether it was let and if so, for how long. That part of any gain covered by the period of occupation as a main home will be exempt from CGT as will the gain for the last 18 months of ownership where it has been your main home. If it has been your main home, you will also get letting relief which will be worth up to £40,000 of the taxable gain. Example 9 sets this out quite well. As you have owned the property for 10 years, you wouild need to live in it for a long time to avoid CGT completely unless it hasn't increased in value much since you bought it.
I hope this helps but let me know if you have any further questions.
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If your wife transfers her share of the rental property to you before the end of the tax year in which you separate, it will be a no gain, no loss situation, so no CGT for your wife. If you sold the property immediately, you would have CGT to pay if the property has risen in value in the time you have owned it.
Are one or both of you basic rate taxpayers? How much would the gain be?
The both of you will have part of the gain at least taxed at 18% and part at 28%. The first £11,100 of your respective shares of the gain will be tax free.
Assuming your both have incomes in excess of the personal allowance of £11,000, a maximum of £32,000 of what's left will be taxed at 20%. For every £1 of income you have in excess of £11,000, that will reduce the amount of the gain taxable at 18% (£32,000 - £X) with any balance of the gain being taxed at 28%.
Borrowings are not taken into account when calculating a gain or a loss. Take what you sell the property for and deduct what you bought it for. If you improved the property, you can claim a deduction for the cost of those improvements (not standard maintenance costs). You can also claim a deduction for legal costs, survey costs, stamp duty, selling agent fees etc
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