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I own a property which I lived in for 17 years. I then

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Hi. I own a property which I lived in for 17 years. I then rented it out for the last 16 months. I rent another place to be nearer my parents. If I sell my property will I be liable for cgt
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Customer: If I move back to the property will I avoid cgt

Hello, I am Keith, one of the experts on Just Answer, and pleased to be able to help you with your question.

You are always liable for Capital Gains Tax (CGT) when you sell landed property. Not many people realise this for if it is their sole or main domestic residence Private Residence Relief (PRR), which is given automatically, applies and relieves CGT at 100%. In your case the renting out period would expose you to an element of the tax, but PRR is extended to the last 18 months of ownership and you are deemed to be resident even if this is not the case. Thus in your situation you have a further 2 months in which to dispose of the property. If you go over this by say a month then your CGT exposure would be 1 / 223 [total ownership in months] of any gain made. By the time you have deducted your non cumulative Annual Exempt Amount (11.3K) and Lettings Relief (up to 40K) then it appears unlikely that there would be any CGT payable. The longer you delay the sale the greater the risk to exposure to the tax which would be levied at 18% or 28% or a combination of the two rates depending on your income including the gain in the tax year of disposal.

I do hope that you have found my reply of assistance.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
if I move back in would that alleviate CGT

Yes, by increasing the ownership time, but be careful as the last 18 months rule would start to be eroded by your occupation post letting. The proportional ratio would adjust, but AEA and LR would probably relieve you of any CGT liability.

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