Where applicable, calculating and paying Capital Gains Tax during probate is the responsibility of the executor or administrator of an estate. This article will explain what it is and how it applies during the probate process.
Capital Gains Tax applies to the profit you earn when you sell an item or property for more than it was bought for. The Capital Gains Tax allowance for the tax year 2020/21 is £12,300. If a profit is made from the sale of property or items above £12,300, Capital Gains Tax will be charged on everything above the threshold. For example, if a profit of £13,000 is made, Capital Gains Tax will be charged only on £700 of it. Capital Gains Tax is charged at 28% on the sale of residential property, and 20% on anything else.
During probate, the executor is responsible for calculating and paying any tax that is due, including Inheritance Tax, Income Tax, and Capital Gains Tax.
Capital Gains Tax might apply when the executor sells items from the estate for a profit if the profit is above the £12,300 threshold. You may need to sell items or property during probate if you feel that it is in the beneficiaries’ best interests to receive funds from the sale of the item rather than the item itself. If Capital Gains Tax is applicable, the executor will need to pay this using money from the estate before distributing funds to the beneficiaries.
If the beneficiaries inherit the physical asset rather than the funds collected from a sale, then they decide to sell it themselves later, they may also be liable for Capital Gains Tax if they make a profit that surpasses the £12,300 threshold.
At Kwil, we offer a full estate administration service through which we can calculate all tax applicable on the estate including Capital Gains Tax. We will oversee any sales and work out whether Capital Gains Tax is applicable so that you can rest easy knowing that everything is being taken care of for you by legal experts.