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Business Asset Disposal Relief – Have you exceeded the limit?

Business Asset Disposal Relief – have you exceeded the limit?

HMRC have sent out nudge ‘One to Many’ letters to taxpayers who they believe may have claimed Business Asset Disposal Relief (BADR) in excess of the £1 million lifetime limit.

Nature of the relief

Formerly known as Entrepreneurs’ Relief, BADR reduces the amount of capital gains tax that is payable where a person sells all or part of their business. Where the relief applies, capital gains tax is charged at the rate of 10% on all gains on qualifying assets up to the level of the lifetime allowance, currently set at £1 million.

To be eligible for the relief, you must meet the qualifying conditions for a period of two years up to the date on which you sell your business or, where the business is operated as a limited company, your shares in the company.

The letters

The letters have been sent to taxpayers who made claims for BADR relief in their 2021/22 Self-Assessment returns and who HMRC believes have claimed BADR in excess of the £1 million lifetime limit, either because the limit had already been reached prior to 2021/22 or because the claim made in the 2021/22 tax return took the value of lifetime claims over the limit.

Taxpayers who received a letter and who had claimed BADR to which they were not entitled had 30 days in which to amend their tax return. As a result of the amendment, it is likely more tax will be due – in the absence of the relief a higher rate taxpayer would pay capital gains tax at 20% on the gains rather than 10%.

Taxpayers who think that their claim is within the £1 million limit should contact HMRC and explain why they think this is the case.

Anyone who receives a nudge letter should address it – HMRC may instigate a compliance check if the taxpayer has not amended their return or contacted HMRC. If a response remains outstanding, this should be addressed as a matter of urgency.

Keep records

If you have claimed BADR, it is important than you keep a record of claims made. It is prudent to check future claims against the remaining limit to ensure that lifetime claims are within the lifetime limit.