Capital Gains Tax Planning

Tax specialists in Sheffield, Doncaster and Northampton


Capital Gains Tax is continually changing, and advance planning may be necessary in order to maximise available reliefs and minimise tax liabilities. Our expert tax advisers can review your asset portfolio and your short-term and long-term intentions with you. Based upon your circumstances they will then provide appropriate advice to reduce, remove or defer your potential tax liability where possible.

Where you are married or in a registered civil partnership consideration of the overall position of both you and your spouse or civil partner together can provide opportunities for further tax savings.

Changes to Capital Gains Tax

There were a number of positive announcements on Capital Gains Tax in the 2016 Budget which will please investors and entrepreneurs. The headline grabbing announcement was the reduction of the higher rate of CGT from 28% to 20% and the basic rate from 18% to 10%. The trust CGT rate will also reduce from 28% to 20%.

The 28% and 18% rates will continue to apply for gains on residential property that do not qualify for private residence relief. In addition, the 28% rate still applies for ATED related gains. These changes will take effect for disposals made on or after 6 April 2016.

There were also announcements in respect of entrepreneur’s relief (ER) and employee shareholders.

Entrepreneurs’ relief

For owner-managers Entrepreneurs’ Relief is an important tax relief, and Hawsons can help ensure that you plan to maximise your relief by using tax efficient business structures and if necessary reorganising the existing business.

Hold-over relief and rollover relief

We will also help to optimise your entitlements to Principal Private Residence relief, Gift relief and annual exemptions, as well as making full use of capital losses.

We can give advice on the deferral of Capital Gains Tax liabilities, using Rollover Relief, Holdover Relief or Deferral reliefs.


A number of Government approved schemes are available to encourage private individuals to invest in smaller, high-risk unquoted trading companies and with effect from 2014/15, in social enterprises.  In order to encourage investment there are a number of tax relief opportunities available. These differ depending on which scheme you have invested in.

The schemes are as follows:

  • Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS)
  • Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS)
  • Venture Capital Trust Scheme (VCT)

It is important to note that as each of these schemes have complex and detailed rules concerning qualifying investors, the investment vehicle and type of investment further advice should be taken from us to ensure these conditions are complied with before making the investment.

Contact us for a free initial meeting

To find out more about how one of the leading firms of accountants in Sheffield, Doncaster and Northampton can help you, please contact one of our specialists. We believe in long-term client relationships and understand the importance of meeting to establish that you like us and we like you. This is why we offer all new clients a free initial meeting which will enable you to have a discussion about you and your business issues.

To book your free initial meeting, please click here.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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Stephen Charles

Tax Partner, Sheffield

0114 266 7141

Martin Wilmott 5

Martin Wilmott

Partner, Doncaster

01302 367 262

David Cairns

David Cairns

Tax Partner, Northampton

01604 645 600

Our offices

Pegasus House, 463a Glossop Road, Sheffield, S10 2QD

5 Sidings Court, White Rose Way, Doncaster, DN4 5NU

Jubilee House, 32 Duncan Close, Moulton Park, Northampton, NN3 6WL


01604 645 600


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