Since 6 April 2020 where UK residential property is disposed of, the resulting capital gain needs to be reported and the capital gains tax (CGT) paid within 30 days of completion of the disposal. There have been a number of teething problems with the new online reporting system. HMRC stated that there would be no penalties imposed for late returns, provided the returns were submitted by 31 July 2020.
Taxpayers need to obtain a Government Gateway account and apply for a CGT or property reference number to report disposals, although they can authorise their accountant to report the disposals on their behalf.
Currently, only the first disposal may be reported using the online reporting system. Subsequent disposals must be reported using a paper return. We have been told that the new system will be fully functional shortly. If you have any questions regarding this, please contact us.
August 6th, 2020