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# CGT bed & breakfasting, calculations

edited 29 November 2009 at 9:26PM
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edited 29 November 2009 at 9:26PM
I'm getting terribly confused with the CGT bed and breakfasting rules.
http://charterconsultation.hmrc.gov.uk/helpsheets/hs284.pdf
I've provided a hyptherticial senario (as using my real shares is just too confusing at the moment)

01/01/2009. Buy 100 shares at £10 each costing a total of £1,000.
02/01/2009. Sell 100 shares at £20 each for a total of £2000. £1000 profit.
10/01/2009. Buy 100 shares at £20 each for a total of £2000.
11/01/2009. Sell 100 shares at £20 each for a total of £2000. No profit.

However if I follow the bed and breakfasting rule the £1000 profit shows as a £1000 loss, as the when I sold the shares on the 02/01/2009 I have to use the cost price associated with the shares bought on the 10/01/2009 £20.

I'm pretty sure I'm doing something wrong; could someone explain.

Regards
Mark

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• Forumite
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the shares buy on 10/ are matched with those sold on 2/ i.e. no profit or loss

the shares sold on 11 are matched with those bought on 01 ie. 1,000 profit

so you have a profit of 1,000
• edited 30 November 2009 at 11:39AM
Forumite
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edited 30 November 2009 at 11:39AM
Thanks that seemed simple enough, but I'm still a little confused. I'll provide my real life example.

I have 4,558 shares with a value of £5,998.32 in my S104 holding.
Then I made the following transatctions:

(PlainText: )
Acc Type, Type, Date, Qty, Value, Profit
, , , 4,558, £5,998.32,
Dealing, Sell, 21/04/2009, 4,558, £9,176.81, £3,178.49
Dealing, Buy, 22/04/2009, 4,316, £8,999.75, £3,178.49
Dealing, Sell, 24/04/2009, 4,316, £9,855.35, £4,034.10
Dealing, Buy, 27/04/2009, 3,677, £8,999.49, £4,034.10
Dealing, Sell, 13/05/2009, 3,677, £9,512.76, £4,547.37
Dealing, Buy, 14/05/2009, 4,040, £9,998.12, £4,547.37
Dealing, Sell, 20/05/2009, 4,040, £11,812.45, £6,361.70
Dealing, Buy, 20/05/2009, 4,068, £11,998.61, £6,361.70
Dealing, Sell, 12/06/2009, 2,468, £7,416.50, £6,498.81
ISA, Buy, 12/06/2009, 2,443, £7,198.50, £6,498.81
Dealing, Sell, 09/09/2009, 557, £1,962.00, £6,819.56

What is my Capital gain following the bed and breakfasting rule?
Your help would be much appreicated as I am rubbish at this sort of thing. :T

Mark
• Forumite
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At least you have plenty of time to sort this out, all of those disposals fall in the 2009/10 tax year and the CGT will be due by 31 January 2011.

You need to work through the sales in date order and match them to purchases: 1. On the same day 2. In the 30 days following 3. In the balance of shares bought previously.

For example, the 4,558 shares sold on 21/4/09 will be matched with 4,316 bought on 22/4/09 and 242 of the shares bought on 27/4/09. Which gives a cost of £8,999.75 + (£8,999.49 x 242 / 3,677) = £9,592, and therefore a loss of £415.

You might then want to update your spreadsheet to eliminate the shares which have already been matched up.

If you have a lot of shareholdings like this and/or you can't get your head around it you may be better off seeking professional advice.
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• Forumite
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Thanks I've spoken to the inland revenue helpline and they're trying to help.

Thanks
Mark
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