TaxCorporate TaxDarling says CGT changes will ease accountants’ workload

Darling says CGT changes will ease accountants' workload

Chancellor tells MPs in House of Commons that changes will simplify process and lead to less work for accountants

Alistair Darling, chancellor

Alistair Darling in parliament

Chancellor Alistair Darling has defended his capital gains tax simplification
– saying that it will cut down the amount of work for which taxpayers will
require accountancy advice.

He told MPs: ‘Apparently, 75 per cent of the people who pay capital gains tax
find it so complex that they have to consult a lawyer or accountant. When
something reaches that degree of complexity, we need to examine it, and this is
the right thing to do.’

Darling said the new 18% rate is half the headline rate of ten years ago and
enables someone who sells a business to keep 82% of their gain. He also pointed
out that personal allowances would help employee shareholders and roll-over
relief would be available for those selling a business and re-investing their
capital.

Defying critics, he told MPs in the Commons: ‘The change that we announced is
the right thing to do. It simplifies the tax system, which will bring long-term
gains to our economy.’

He said he accepted some people were unhappy, but insisted: ‘The tax is paid
by a comparatively small number of people and the allowance does protect the
people whom I am sure everybody in the House would like to support.’

He came under angry attack from Tories, including shadow chancellor George
Osborne, who claimed millions of small businesses will lose out, with millions
of employees holding shares in their companies also at risk, threatening ‘the
whole entrepreneurial culture that the previous chancellor used to bang on
about’.

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