People now have until 9 August to tell HMRC about any unpaid tax on property sales and until 6 September to pay the tax owed. Those who come forward voluntarily will receive the best possible terms for resolving their tax issues with HMRC as any penalty levied will be lower than if HMRC has to investigate their tax affairs.
HMRC said that after 6 September, it would look much more closely at people who have sold properties other than their main home but who appear to have paid no CGT.
Marian Wilson, head of HMRC Campaigns, said: “Some people will not understand that selling a second home, a holiday home or a property disposed of as a gift could attract capital gains tax.
“It is better to come to us before we come to you. After the opportunity closes on 6 September, HMRC will use information it holds about property sales, in the UK and abroad, to identify people who have not paid what they owe. Penalties – or even criminal prosecution – could follow.”
This is a guest article by Nicholsons Charted Accountants and Business Advisors
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