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Government caving in over CGT proposals

Thursday, 1 November 2007


Source: Accountancy Age

Prime minister Gordon Brown and chancellor Alistair Darling are reportedly about to bow to fierce opposition from employer groups against proposed changes of the capital gains tax (CGT) with an offer to revive retirement tax relief for small business owners, possibly for amounts up to ₤100,000.

The turnaround comes one day after the chancellor met with the heads of yet another employer group, EEF, representing engineering manufacturers, who argued the proposed changes to the CGT would be damaging for enterprises by rewarding investment in non-business assets and sent ‘a negative signal at a time when the investment climate, especially for small firms, is set to become more difficult’.

Business owners, who are about to retire and who would be particularly hard hit by the proposed CGT changes, are likely to receive a tax exemption, possibly on the first £100,000 they make, from the sale of their business.

The Treasury is said to still be working out the level, but government sources have told The Daily Telegraph the threshold would run into ‘tens of thousands’ and could be close to a £100,000 limit. Under the old retirement relief fund, which was phased out when new CGT levels were introduced by Labour in 1998, the first £250,000 of a capital gain was tax free, but anything after that was taxed at 40%.


SG comment: I am sensing this whole thing has been such a bad start for Darling as Chancellor, with such a major revolt from UK business. I am wondering how much opinion he actually surveyed from small/medium sized business before these proposals, or perhaps he can't do that, which would be strange? I am also very comforted that UK business can have a major influence on government decisions, which is a relief.

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