When a chargeable asset is transferred between two spouses or civil partners, there is a disposal by the transferor spouse / civil partner and an acquisition by the transferee spouse / civil partner for capital gains tax purposes. For simplicity, spouses and civil partners are referred to jointly as 'spouses' in this guidance note, but the commentary applies equally to both. For a discussion on the meaning of chargeable asset, see the Exempt assets for capital gains tax guidance note.

The disposal is deemed to take place at 'no-gain / no-loss' provided the couple is:

  • married or in civil partnership, and
  • living together during the tax year

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