A feeling of relief?

Meg Saksida reviews the changes being made to main residence relief and the benefits that may be available to homeowners

On 22 July this year, Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak delivered his first budget, making several changes to the capital gains taxation (CGT) of main residences, predicted to generate £50 million in revenue in 2020/21 alone, and up to £150 million by 2023/24. The changes came into force on 6 April 2020.

Changes are being made to ensure that the benefit of the main residence relief lies with the owner occupiers of the homes rather than the owners. It was felt that in the past the benefits were more advantageous to taxpayers who were not occupying the homes these benefits derived from, particularly with reliefs such as lettings relief and the final period exemption of 18 months (36 months prior to 2014).