Capital taxes

This group of factsheets cover taxes on the disposal, generally by way of sale, of capital assets and the taxes due on death.

Capital gains tax
A capital gain arises when certain capital assets are sold at a profit. We consider the taxation of gains and outline the reliefs available.
Capital gains tax and the family home
We consider whether any tax is due on the sale of the family home and the availability of principal private residence and other reliefs.
Inheritance tax - a summary
Inheritance tax (IHT) is levied on a person’s estate when they die and on certain gifts made during an individual's lifetime. We set out the principles.
Inheritance tax avoidance - pre-owned assets
We consider the Pre-Owned Assets rules, along with the rules for determining the income tax charge levied on the previous owner of an asset.
Land and Building Transaction Tax
Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) is payable by the purchaser in a land transaction which occurs in Scotland. This factsheet summarises the rates of LBTT which apply.
Stamp Duty Land Tax
We look at the key areas to consider for the purchaser in a land transaction, whether this is buying a house or creating a lease or assigning a lease, a purchaser is required to pay Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT).
Trusts
We consider the basic principles of Trusts, looking at what they are, along with a range of anti-avoidance measures aimed at preventing exploitation of potential tax benefits.
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