For 2019/20, individuals are entitled to an annual CGT exemption of £12,000 and trustees up to £6,000. This represents an increase on 2018/19 when the exemptions were £11,700 and £5,850 respectively.
If you think that your investments have made substantial unrealised gains and you have not yet made use of your CGT exemption, you should consider taking financial advice as you may be able to utilise your CGT exemption, or similar. You could for example, consider reinvestment in an ISA (subject to the ISA limits), reinvestment by a spouse/civil partner or reinvestment into a similar holding. Please contact us on 01256 405460 for more information.
Consideration should be given to transferring assets between spouses/civil partners before encashment to enable each to use their annual exempt amount – this requires a genuine and unconditional gift from one spouse to another.
It is important to consider whether any investments have made a loss and whether excess gains could be offset by any losses. Losses can be carried forward indefinitely, so it is important to include gains, losses and the annual exemption in any calculation to determine how to maximise relief.