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Joint calculation

18 January 2011
Issue: 4288 / Categories: Forum & Feedback , Inheritance Tax
A son inherited his mother’s main residence in 1989. He transferred a half share to his wife in June 2008, with the whole property being sold by them approximately one year later

I should be grateful if readers could offer some advice regarding the following scenario.

H inherited a house from his mother in June 1989 when it was valued at £55 000.

In June 2008 the property was registered in the joint names of H and his wife W; its value was estimated to be £135 000 at that time.

The property was sold in June 2009 for £130 000 less legal fees of £980.

Although the property was the mother’s main residence it is a second property as far as H and W are concerned and was never used by them as an only or main residence.

I would be very grateful if readers could provide some guidance as to which figures should be used when calculating the respective gains of H and W.

Query 17 729 – Langden

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