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About rollover gains. A farmer is sellling a field and investing

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About rollover gains. A farmer is sellling a field and investing the the proceeds in building a house on part of his land, then will sell the house. He believes he can rollover the gains on the sale of the field against the cost of the house, which will not be part of the farm's trading assets.
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Hello and welcome to the site. Thank you for your question.

Please clarify for me...

Is the field and/or the house to be built linked to the business in any way?

Many thanks
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Only as far as it will be built on land which is part of his farming land, but the house is intended to be sold once completed. Building permission is being obtained under the Government Permitted Development policy.

Thank you for your prompt reply.

You may be thinking of business asset rollover relief.

If you were to sell business assets and make a capital gain then you can choose to avoid paying the CGT by purchasing new business assets and making a claim for what is called ‘Business Asset Rollover Relief.

To benefit from the relief you must reinvest the sale proceeds in new business assets. They do not have to be used in the same trade. For example you could sell your sweet shop and use the money to buy a farm, or an engineering business.

It would appear from your scenario that you are selling a business asset and not investing the proceeds into another business asset and therefore would not qualify for business asset rollover relief.

More information on business asset rollover relief can be found here

I hope this is helpful and answers your question.

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Hello Atif

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Thank you for your prompt response, this concurs with my views.

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I thank you for accepting my answer.

Best wishes.