Current CGT regime 'fit for purpose', says ICAEW

13 Nov 2020

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) has stated that there is 'no need' to overhaul the current capital gains tax (CGT) regime.

In its response to a review of CGT carried out by the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS), the ICAEW concluded that 'the scope and boundary of CGT is generally clear', and that the tax 'largely achieves' its policy aim of discouraging schemes that attempt to convert income into a capital gain for tax purposes.

The Institute stated that some administrative and legislative improvements are possible. However, it also believes that alterations to the tax are unlikely to raise significant revenue without a major structural change to reliefs.

In regard to the different rates of CGT in use, the ICAEW found that the structure of rates is important for the tax as individuals will often be able to choose when to make disposals.

The ICAEW said: 'The current rates are intended to reflect the fact that following the removal of indexation and taper relief for individuals, the calculation of gains does not take into account the length of time an asset has been held or inflation; this is the policy basis for CGT rates being lower than the income tax rate.

'The extent to which CGT should be payable on gains arising from inflation and how it should be mitigated is a policy matter for government and parliament to determine.'

Management Accounting image

Management Accounting

Producing monthly or quarterly management accounts on a regular basis.

View more
Business planning image

Business Planning

Our proactive team can help you to put an efficient business plan into place.

View more
Factsheets & Resources image

Factsheets

Our factsheets cover a range of relevant accountancy and business topics.

View more

Home | Contact us | Site map | Accessibility | Disclaimer | Help | © 2020 Spencer Woods Limited. All rights reserved.

Spencer Woods Ltd : Unit 5, Concept Court, Kettlestring Lane, Clifton Moor, York, Yorkshire YO30 4XF
Spencer Woods (York) Ltd : Unit 5, Concept Court, Kettlestring Lane, Clifton Moor, York, Yorkshire YO30 4XF
Spencer Woods (North East) Ltd : Unit 5, Concept Court, Kettlestring Lane, Clifton Moor, York, Yorkshire YO30 4XF
Spencer Woods (Thirsk) Ltd : 39 Westgate, Thirsk, Yorkshire YO7 1QR
We use cookies on this website, you can find more information about cookies here.