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CGT simplification review

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The CIOT has raised a number of concerns with the Office of Tax Simplification following discussions on the OTS’s review of capital gains tax:

  • changes to tax policy should be kept separate, as far as possible, from tax simplification proposals, making sure that the remit of the OTS ‘to provide advice to the chancellor on the simplification of the tax system’ is adhered to;
  • if changes are to be made to the scope of CGT, the interaction of those changes with income tax and IHT would need to be fully considered, and the ‘potential for unintended consequences minimised’;
  • the exclusion of trust and corporate capital gains from the review means that the impact of CGT on all classes of potential taxpayers cannot be addressed;
  • there should be more recognition of the contrasts between income regularly arising and capital gains, especially from long-held assets;
  • any changes to the current market-value rebasing on death for CGT purposes would likely introduce complexity and would move away from the broad principle that CGT is charged on lifetime disposals whereas IHT is primarily charged on death.

In essence, the CIOT’s comments highlight the potential pitfalls of piecemeal reform, noting that ‘what is required is a proper look at capital taxation generally including trusts’. 


Issue: 1499
Categories: News