CGT fears as chancellor hints at tax hikes to pay for coronavirus

Rishi Sunak appears to have paved the way for significant tax increases in the spring, and that could include a capital gains tax hike for buy-to-let landlords, investors, and those with second homes.

The chancellor told the BBC’s Andrew Marr yesterday that the economy “is experiencing significant stress”, adding that “there’s more stress to come”.

The chancellor will conduct a one-year Spending Review on Wednesday in order to prioritise the response to Covid-19, with a primary focus on supporting jobs.

The government has put in place considerable support for businesses, families and the economy throughout the existing crisis, but at some point, the huge coronavirus bailouts will need to be paid back.

Borrowing in October hit £22.3bn, with public sector debt now over £2tn, leaving the chancellor with some major decisions to make on taxation ahead of a spring Budget.

Sunak is believed to be considering recent proposals by the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS), a Treasury-based body, to reform capital gains tax in the light of the economic and fiscal impact of the Covid-19 crisis, in a bid to restore “sustainable public finances”.

The proposed CGT reform has the potential to bring in an extra £14bn by reducing exemptions and doubling rates, according to the review.

Given that Boris Johnson has ruled out a return to “austerity”, a review of how the tax system works, including the capital gains tax system and pensions tax relief, is almost inevitable.

CGT is currently charged at 10% and 20% for most taxable assets, or 18% and 28% for residential property that is not a main home.

More than 275,000 people paid a total of £9.6bn in CGT in 2018-19.

“I can tell you it’s a very difficult picture,” Sunak told Marr.

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  1. Robert_May

    Following a  low interest rate policy , a false economic policy that achieves nothing but to inflate asset prices beyond sustainable affordability, taxing the gain in increase in value of the asset is the only thing  that can be done.

    Those who can and who have  assets which have gained in value over a working lifetime, need to find ways of having no gain. The consequences of that is those who have worked hard, been prudent and  have saved will suddenly  lose all motivation to be anything other than feckless, spending what they have  and  transferring assets permanently out of the transaction economy.




    1. debbiedoesalot

      Absolutely bang on Robert.

  2. #ImpressiveConveyancing

    Or how about……properly tax the huge profit making companies AND attract foreign investment

    … avoid the need to take more taxation from the population.

    Like Governments are meant to.


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