News : Selling your Olympic Torch
As we approach London 2012, thousands of Olympic torches are finding their way onto auction sites such as eBay, so if you are lucky enough to be taking part in the torch relay, what is the postition if you decide to sell the torch?
If the torch is worth less than £6,000 when you sell it then you will not have to pay Capital Gains Tax (CGT) on your proceeds. If it is worth more than £6,000 then you will have a chargeable gain, and you may have to pay CGT, depending on whether you have other gains in the tax year. If you have to pay CGT, the rate charged will be either 18% or 28%, depending on your total income for the year.
You should bear in mind the possibility that selling your torch might be, or might be part of, a trade, in which case any profit would be charged to Income Tax rather than CGT. People who occasionally sell a few personal possessions to raise some cash are not trading, but the things they sell may still give rise to taxable gains as explained above. However if someone regularly sells goods or services, they are likely to be trading and will be liable to Income Tax on their trading profits.