Jan 11, 2024 | Business

When selling property, understanding and potentially applying Principal Private Residence Relief (PPR) is crucial, as it can significantly reduce or even eliminate your capital gains tax (CGT) burden. Let’s explore the PPR guidelines and how you can qualify for this relief.

How Principal Private Residence Relief (PPR) Functions:

PPR exempts capital gains on your main or sole residence from CGT. If you own a second property, you have two years from acquisition to nominate your principal residence.

Be aware, though, that absences from the property could lead to proportionate CGT charges.

Understanding the Key PPR Rules:

Property purchases, especially by couples, come with specific PPR considerations.

  • For married couples or civil partners, only one main residence is allowed between them. This changes only in cases of permanent separation.
  • If a couple owns separate properties at the time of marriage or partnership registration and continues to use both, they must nominate one as the main residence within two years.
  • Even if a property wasn’t your main residence throughout ownership, the final nine months are considered a period of occupation for PPR purposes.
  • Other absences, such as work-related relocations or periods abroad for employment, may also count as occupation periods under certain conditions:
  • The property must have been your main residence before and after the absence.
  • The second period of residence must involve actual, not deemed, occupation.
  • These other absences include:
  • Absences for any reason, totaling up to three years.
  • Unlimited periods where work duties were performed outside the UK.
  • Absences up to four years due to work location or employer requirements.
  • These rules apply flexibly, allowing for the most beneficial application in overlapping conditions. Deemed occupation periods also apply to spouses or civil partners under the same rules.

Speak to us about PPR for Property Sales:

PPR relief is a primary CGT relief for many taxpayers. When a property isn’t continuously occupied as the main residence, deemed occupation rules can greatly influence the CGT payable.

Your property scenario might be straightforward, such as owning and living in a single property throughout. However, for more complex situations, it’s wise to consult with your accountant on potential capital gains issues and minimization strategies.

Contact us to discuss your property plans and how PPR might apply.

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