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Capital Gains Tax

There must be: o a chargeable gain (TCGA, secton 1(1) and (3)) and o a chargeable person (secton 2(1)). CGT is charged on any gain resultng when a chargeable person makes a chargeable disposal of a chargeable asset. Tax is charged on so much of the gain as is left after taking into account any exemptons of reliefs and after deductng any allowable losses. Chargeable persons inc indivs who are resident/ ordinarily resident in the UK; trustees, PRs and partners. Chargeable assets: apart from a few exceptons all forms of property are assets for CGT purposes including optons, debts, incorporeal property, any currency (other than sterling), milk quota and property that is created by the person disposing of it (e.g. goodwill that is built from nothing by a trader). Chargeable disposal: 'disposal' is extended to include cases where a capital sum is derived from an asset. The chargeable gain is found by taking the disposal consideraton of the asset and deductng from that figure allowable expenditure. The disponer's acquisiton cost is usually the main item of expenditure. If the allowable expenditure exceeds the disposal consideraton, the disponer has made a loss for CGT purposes which may be used to reduce the chargeable gains he has made on disposals of other assets.

Chargeable Gain

There has to be a disposal of assets and a chargeable gain accruing to a person on that disposal: s 1(1) and (3).


That raises three main questons: o What consttutes a disposal of assets?
o What is the point of tme at which the disposal occurs?
o How is a chargeable gain computed?
Disposal of assets

There may be actual disposals (sale or gift) or deemed disposals (e.g. sectons 22, 23, 24, and 70). Disposal includes a part disposal: secton 21(2).


Secton 22: there shall be a deemed disposal where a capital sum is derived from an asset. s22 Disposal where capital sums derived from assets.

• Subject to ss 23 and 26(1) there a disposal of assets by their owner where any capital sum is derived from assets notwithstanding that no asset is acquired by the person paying the capital sum, in partcular a) capital sums received by way of compensaton for any kind of damage etc to assets; b) capital sums received under a policy of insurance of the risk of any kind of damage to assets; c) capital sums received for forfeiture or surrender of rights/ refraining from exercising rights; and d) capital sums received as consideraton for use or exploitaton of assets.

• In the case of a disposal within paragraph (a)-(d) above, the tme of the disposal shall be the tme when the capital sum is received as described in that subsecton.

• "capital sum" means any money or money's worth which is not excluded from the consideraton taken into account in the computaton of the gain.

IRC v Montgomery

A building owned by the trustees was damaged by fire and they became enttled to recover insurance money. The husband of one of the trustees paid them for an assignment of the trustees' rights under the policies. In due course the insurers paid the husband sums totalling £75,192. As the law then stood rights under insurance policies were not "assets" for CGT purposes. The Crown contended that the money was a "capital sum derived from assets", i.e. the damaged property, and was therefore liable to CGT by virtue of what is now s22(1). Walton J From what asset of the trustees was the capital sum derived? From sale of the rights under policy not property. s22 is confined to cases where no assets are acquired. (a)-(d)= examples where there was no acquisiton of an asset.

Marren v Ingles

A contngent right to receive a further sum is a chose in acton and thus an 'asset'. Ingles agreed to sell 60 shares in a private co for £750 per share payable immediately plus a liability to pay additonal consideraton (calculated by reference to future profit levels) subject to certain contngencies.


The contngencies were satsfied two years later and a further £2,825 per share became payable. The Crown contended that the contngent right to the further payment was a separate asset.


Held, the taxpayer's right to the deferred consideraton was an 'asset' within s22(1) Finance Act

1965. The payment of the deferred consideraton to the taxpayer was a capital sum derived by him from that asset.


Furthermore where a capital sum was derived from an asset there was a disposal of the asset under s 22(3) whether or not the person paying the capital sum had acquired the asset (disagreed with Walton J). O'Brien v Benson's Hosiery (Holdings) Ltd

All legal rights that can be turned to account by the extracton of a capital sum are 'assets'. The test is whether such rights can be converted into money or money's worth and the mere act that rights are non-assignable does not mater so long as consideraton can be obtained in some other way (for instance, by surrendering the right). X was sales director of the taxpayer co under a seven-year service contract. The company released him from his service contract in consideraton of £50,000. The Crown relied on what is now s 21(1) and s 22(1)(c). Revenue argued that rights under service contract were assets. Taxpayer argued that since rights are incapable of being assigned so incapable of being an asset. Lord Russell If, as here, the employer is able to exact from the employee a substantal sum as a term of releasing him from his obligatons to serve, the rights of the employer appear to me to bear quite sufciently the mark of an asset of the employer, something which he can turn to account, notwithstanding that his ability to turn it to account is by a type of disposal limited by the nature of the asset. It is erroneous to deduce from s 22(4) a principle of general applicaton for the purposes of capital gains tax that an asset must have a market value.

Davis v Powell

A tenant farmer's tenancy was surrendered in consequence of a notce to quit served by the landlord. The landlord paid to the tenant £591 by way of compensaton for disturbance under s 34(1)

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