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23rd May 2020

Capital gains tax on inherited property

It is never easy to sell an inherited property. If anything, it is one of the hardest things one can ever do. When trying to sell an inherited property, just putting it on the market can bring up a lot of emotions. Those that sell inherited property always end up surprised on realizing that they have to settle capital gains tax on the profit gained from selling such property.

Capital gains tax

Capital Gains Tax versus Inheritance Tax

One of the reasons people get surprised for receiving additional tax bills after selling inherited home is because they believe that they have already paid some tax on it. However, it is vital to understand that most of the time, if you have paid any tax on that property, then it is inheritance tax.

This kind of tax is paid by the time you inherit a landed property. Most of the time, it is up to 40% of the entire value of the property at the time of inheritance. But this might also depend on other allowances.

Capital gains, on the other hand, are the tax paid from the profit you make from selling an inherited property. Therefore, if you sell a property, but fails to make any profit compared to its overall value when you acquired it, then you won’t need to settle the capital gains tax.

How Do Capital Gains Tax Work?

For instance, if you inherit property worth £300,000 and then you sell it for the same price, then you would have made zero profit. You might have even run at a loss considering you will have to pay estate agent fees and legal fees. If that is the case, you will not be asked to pay any capital gains tax. This makes sense in that capital gains tax is only paid when you make a profit from selling a property.

On the other hand, if the house was worth £300,000 at the time of inheritance, and later you sell it at £400,000, you will have to settle the tax on the profit you have made. Several factors might affect the overall total of this tax, and you could use some allowances and deductions to reduce it.

Deductions and Capital Gains Tax

Before you are issued with the capital gains tax after selling your inherited property, you need to turn in all your deductions. This makes it easier to calculate the profit made from the property sale. In this piece, we have detailed all deductions and allowances you can take on the property. If these are used correctly, you will maximize the profit made from selling your inherited property.

  • Estate Agency and Legal Fees

Eligible deductions must include the fees you paid to acquire or sell the property in question. Some of these eligible fees include appointing a surveyor, hiring a solicitor, or getting a valuation. Also, if you appointed an agency while selling the property, you need to nuclide that in your deductions.

During the entire process of acquiring or selling the property, you need to keep a good track of all expenses you might have incurred. You will need to use these receipts later in the process of calculating deductions. You might be able to do the deductions without the proof of fees, which is why you have to keep receipts. Also, you need them to cut on the amount of tax payable.

  • Home Improvement

If you upgraded your home to increase its value, then you need to include the expenses in your deductions. Again, in this case, you will be asked to show receipts and invoices. Home improvement can include things such as the installation of a new bathroom or kitchen, essential repair works, installation of central heating, etc.

Note that if you replace the previous kitchen with another one of the same value, then you will not be allowed to indicate that in your deductions. Home improvement should be something that adds the value of your inherited property.

  • Personal Allowance

At least everyone has a personal allowance of £11, 300 on their annual earnings. Normally, this amount is not taxed. Based on your annual income, this might or might not influence your capital gains tax. You will pay on selling your property.

How Much Capital Gains Tax Will You Pay?

For instance, you inherited a property that is valued at £300,000. A few years later, you sell it for £400,000, making a profit of £100,000. But you had to pay £1,000 in legal fees while inheriting and paid the same amount in legal fees when selling.

If you paid £4,000 to an agent, and £5,000 went on home improvement, then your total expense was £11,000. Then you are left with £77,000 taxable profit. But the total tax you pay from this £77,000 depends on your annual income. However, you will not pay any tax on your first £11,300 annual income. For the next £33, 500, you will pay 28% and anything more than that amount.

How to Sell Inherited Property The Easy Way

You can inherit a landed property at any point in life. Maybe you are in a different house or nation. Or maybe you are unable to take care of expensive repairs and modifications before selling your property.

Most people inherit property from their family members or people that were close to, and putting these properties on the market might be stressful to them. They have to pay taxes and other fees to ensure that the properties are sold successfully.

To some, the property might come from a distant family member or even people they don’t know much about. Irrespective of your situation, if you live in South Wales, you can always get in touch with professionals to take care of the stressful part of selling the property.

We are property experts who have been in the industry for many years. We buy houses for cash irrespective of their type of condition. In most cases, we provide our clients with 90% of the overall value of the property. Our team understands fully, the ups and downs involved in selling an inherited property. Therefore, you can always call our agents who will listen to you carefully to help you make the most informed decision.

We Ensure Minimum Stress

For many years, we have gained vast experience in the acquisition of properties in cash in South Wales, and can help you achieve the bottom line most conveniently. Our property acquisition process can, at times, take only seven days, which means you will have the shortest stressful moment trying to sell your property for cash.

We have a reliable network of professionals and solicitors. These are individuals who know us in and out, in case our clients want to know anything about our company. Also, if you want, we can always recommend some professionals that our clients have used before, to make the process as seamless for you as possible.

Advice on Capital Gains Tax

If you are trying to lower your payable capital gains tax as much as possible, you can always use our expertise. Also, we have a guide on how you can reduce the entire tax bill at a small fee. Our main goal is to ensure that you get the highest profit on your inheritance. If you sell us the property, we will cooperate with you to trace all the expenses you might have incurred between the time of inheritance, and when you sell the property.

Free Valuation and Advice on Capital Gains


Just talk to us and share with us your situation, and the house you are trying to sell. After that, we will conduct a free valuation and tell you the amount we can pay for that property. Also, if you want, we will help you understand capital gains tax and how it works. Our team will also advise you on how you can save money. Therefore, talk to us today if you have a home that needs a quick sale.


Property inheritance is a legal procedure that requires clear documentation. Before you acquire such property, make sure that it has clear records. This will keep you safe even if you do not intend to sell it in the future. Our services include tracking down the records and ensuring that your inherited home is legally ready for sale or ownership.