Rules for Paying Capital Gains Tax on Overseas Property

Paying Capital Gains Tax

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As we all know, any profit attained while disposing of an asset in the UK is subject to Capital Gains Tax. It is difficult to get away from the long arm of the British taxman, regardless of whether you own resources that are actually outside the UK.

If you imagine that HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has no grip over your assets in unfamiliar domains, the time has come to reconsider. People usually wonder, what are the rules for paying Capital Gains Tax on overseas property?

Rules given by UK government and your concerns related to your overseas property are as follows:

What taxes are you liable to on overseas property?

UK residents are taxed on their worldwide incomes and gains by the British tax system. Therefore, if you are a UK resident, despite the property being found abroad, you will, in any case, be at risk to pay CGT IF you make a profit by selling the property. It very well might be possible to get private home relief on the profits in specific conditions. If you are UK domiciled, albeit the property is abroad, it will be by and large frame part of your domain for inheritance tax purposes.

It is likewise imperative to take note of that if the abroad property is in a constrained beneficiaries heir-ship, you may not be allowed to leave it to whoever you pick in your will (as certain wards necessitate that a specific measure of your home should pass to your spouse or kids).

There may likewise be unfamiliar taxes on unfamiliar properties to know about, for example, income tax on rents, purchase tax, tax on deals, and annual expenses identified with the property estimation. It is thusly essential to get guidance on any taxes from an expert.

CGT on Overseas Property

CGT rules for ‘non-domiciled’ residents

The UK tax code gives a particular tax system to occupant individuals yet viewed as non-UK domiciled. Your home and habitation situations with accordingly significant for deciding the degree to which any foreign (that is, non-UK) pay is burdened in the UK. Albeit significant changes have been made to the standards as of late, it actually stays an exceptionally enticing recommendation (mentioned below) for non-UK domiciled people coming to live in the UK from abroad[1].

  • The individuals who unremitted non-UK income and gains in the whole year, under £2,000. These may utilize the remittance “for nothing”, paying little mind to how long they have been a resident in the UK.
  • Those who have been resident in the UK for less than seven out of the previous nine tax years. Utilization of the remittance basis is for nothing; actually, the yearly annual income and capital gains charge recompenses can’t be attained where non-domiciled non-UK pay surpasses £2,000.
  • For a very long time or more in the last 14 assessment years, the individuals who have been UK residents should pay a charge of £60,000 at whatever year where they wish to get to the remittance basis.
  • As of now, there is likewise a £90,000 charge to get to the settlement reason for the individuals who have been UK residents for 17 of the past 20 valuation years; be that as it may, this vanished from April 2017 when the individuals who have been resident for 15 of the past 20 tax years will get considered domiciled for all-tax purposes.

If you have concerns related to your financial matters and want to know more about your residency status affecting through UK tax laws, we have a team of experts at Legend Financial ready for your assistance.

CGT rules for ‘Domiciled’ residents

A residence is all the longer haul and refers to where you consider your lasting home throughout your life. You can hold a home abroad regardless of whether you live in the UK for quite a while. It is moderately surprising to change your house. However, at times you might be considered the UK domiciled. 

With impact from 6 April 2017, HMRC treats a few people who are not UK domiciled as though they are domiciled in the UK for a personal tax and capital gains charge purposes. 

This influences you if:

  • You are domiciled other than the UK, but you were born in the UK with a UK domicile of origin, 
  • You have been resident for tax purposes in the UK for at least fifteen of the previous twenty tax years. 

Try to have an upper hand on your tax returns by staying in contact with Legend Financial (Tax and business advisors). Let’s maintain your finances together!

CGT rules for 'non-domiciled' residents

CGT rules for ‘Dual’ residents

Double Taxation: A UK resident that owns the foreign property is in danger of being taxed twice on any income or gains – by both the purview in which the property is and by the UK (as the UK charges overall income and gains of UK residents). If accessible, the remittance basis laid out above may assist with forestalling double tax collection, practically speaking. Fortunately, the UK likewise has a double taxation system that pledges with numerous nations.

A double tax system understanding contains a bunch of rules affirming which nation has the option to gather the tax in specific conditions. On the off chance that a double taxation treaty gives chosen taxing rights to the UK, the charge is just paid in the UK (and the other way around). This supersedes the domestic UK law and the domestic law in the other country.

For any foreign taxes, you play against your UK tax bill through a foreign tax credit or unilateral relief. You might get tax relief if there is no double taxation agreement in place in the dominion of your overseas property.

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Remittance Basis

Assuming you are a UK resident yet not domiciled in the UK, you might have the option to pick to be burdened on the remittance basis in regards to your foreign income and gains as opposed to being naturally burdened on your worldwide income and gains (the emerging premise). Under the settlement premise, you pay the charge in the UK on foreign income and gains just that they are transmitted (for example, brought) to the UK.

You need to consider whether you ought to settle on the remittance basis to apply[2]. This is because it has an income, as you will lose your own stipend for personal assessment and yearly remittance for capital gains. Additionally, in the event that you are a drawn-out UK resident (fundamentally UK inhabitant for seven of the past nine tax years), you will likewise need to pay a remittance base charge (which begins at £30,000).
CGT rules for 'Dual' residents
Consequently, it ought to be viewed as whether the remittance basis instead of the emerging premise will be powerful for charge purposes in every individual’s conditions. The settlement premise is just accessible in the event that you are not the UK domiciled. Since sixth April 2017, people can be considered to be UK domiciled where certain conditions are met (specifically, on the off chance that you have been UK taxed resident for 15 of the past 20 expense years). On the off chance that you just have extremely modest quantities of unremitted foreign income and gains (right now under £2000 each year), the remittance basis applies consequently.
Remittance Basis


In English law, the meaning of residence goes past taxation. Specifically, a foreign domicile can influence progression to “moveable” resources. Just follow the given set of rules regarding Capital Gains Tax and your nationality status, as mentioned in this article. Stay updated regarding Capital Gains Tax on overseas property by looking through finance acts and treaties as if the UK signed a tax treaty with another country where your property is.


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