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The cost of the property for CGT purposes is its value when your mother passed away. If the property is sold by the estate, it (the estate)will get a CGT exemption if the sale occurs either in the tax year of the passing of your mother or either of the next two tax years. The net taxable gain would be charged to CGT at 28%, the rate of CGT for trusts.
If the property is transferred out of the estate into the names of you and your brother before the sale, then you will each be able to use your CGT exemption against your respective shares of the gain. Individuals pay CGT at 18% or 28% or a combination of the two rates depending on the level of their income in the tax year of disposal on residential property gains. Non-residential property gains are taxed at 10% or 20% or a combination of the two rates depending on the level of their income in the tax year of disposal. Take a look here for information on how to work out your CGT. There is a helpful calculator that I use here.
I haven't a clue as to what was behind the advice that your CGT allowance would be less if the name on the deeds was changed before the sale.
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