Capital gains tax (CGT) for carers

Updated on 15 May 2019

Disabled people and carers

Normally, when a person sells or disposes of their only or main residence, they get relief from capital gains tax on any resulting gain – private residence relief (PRR). However, if part of the residence has been used for business purposes, relief is restricted on that part. We explain further below.

Does this mean I’ll have to pay CGT because I’ve been a carer?

No, it does not.

Originally, both foster carers and shared lives (adult placement carers) were denied PRR on the proportion of their residence that was set aside for the use of the children or adults in their care, because they were regarded for tax purposes as running a business. Following a campaign by LITRG and TaxAid in 2004, foster carers were granted full exemption and as from 9 December 2009, shared lives (adult placement) carers can also claim unrestricted capital gains tax PRR on any gain accruing to them from the disposal of their private residence.

Accordingly, both foster carers and shared lives carers can now qualify for full PRR when they come to sell their residences in which they have looked after the children or adults in their care, provided that they satisfy the other conditions for the relief.

Where can I find more information?

You can find out more about selling your home on our website or on GOV.UK.

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