Unlocking the Benefits of Gift Holdover Relief

Gift Hold Over Relife

Are you scratching your head and wondering how you can save your hard-earned money from going into the hands of the taxman? Well, there is a clever tax trick that’s as British as a cup of tea! It is known as the Gift Hold-Over Relief. This means you are not required to pay any Capital Gains Tax (CGT) when you are giving away your assets to your husband, wife, spouse or a charity as a gift. These business assets can be company shares, land or buildings used in your business, agricultural land, and so on.

Instead of paying any CGT, you are passing on the tax liability to the person receiving your gift. However, it is essential to remember that you should send your claim for this relief jointly with the recipient of your gift and that too at the time of giving the gift. For this, you need to fill out a form and then need to include it in your Self-Assessment tax return.

Benefits of Gift Holdover Relief

Apart from the benefit of facilitating the donor (the individual giving away the gift) to defer his CGT liability, the Gift Hold-Over Relief in the UK offers several benefits for individuals and businesses. Some of these are as follows:

Helps in Family Succession Planning

Be it for mitigating family conflicts or preserving the family legacy, succession planning for family businesses is quite common, and the Gift Holdover relief helps in a big way! It enables the older generation to pass on their assets to younger family members without inviting any immediate tax. 

Encourages Business Investment

The fact that there will be no CGT when you are giving away your assets works as incentive for entrepreneurs to bring in their partners as an investor without triggering any taxes. In the long run, this supports business growth. 

Supports Charitable organization

Many individuals or businesses want to make donations to charity as per their capacity but are refrained from doing so because of the tax implications. However, this relief allows them to support charitable organizations by making donations of their assets. Thus, this relief encourages philanthropy in a big way! 

Remember, while Gift Hold-Over Relief offers significant benefits, some specific conditions and rules must be met to qualify for the relief. So, it is advisable to seek professional advice from tax experts or consult HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) guidelines to ensure compliance with the requirements, to make informed decisions about asset transfers and o claim this relief from the HMRC. In the UK, CoreAdviz has a team of skilled accountants and tax professionals who can help you make the most of this relief.