Exempt assets for capital gains tax

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The following Personal Tax guidance note by Tolley provides comprehensive and up to date tax information covering:

  • Exempt assets for capital gains tax
  • Examples of exempt assets

In general terms, a charge to capital gains tax arises when a chargeable person makes a chargeable disposal of a chargeable asset. The disposal may produce a profit (known as a gain) or a loss.

Chargeable person and chargeable disposals are discussed in the Introduction to capital gains tax guidance note. Details of how to calculate the gain or loss or given in the Basic calculation principles of capital gains tax guidance note.

Assets are chargeable for capital gains tax purposes unless they are specifically exempt.

Examples of exempt assets

If assets are exempt from capital gains tax, this means that gains are not chargeable but also losses are not allowable. Examples of exempt assets include:

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