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Personal tax and capital gains post June 2010

Making the tax system simpler is an admirable aspiration but it does not necessarily make it fair. The recent changes in the capital gains tax rules, or at least in calculating the charge to capital gains tax demonstrate this amply.

As expected and as heralded well in advance by the Coalition, the rates of capital gains tax were increased. Although effectively for basic rate taxpayers the main rate stayed at 18%, for the majority including the basic rate taxpayers deemed to go into the higher rate threshold by dint of … Continue Reading