On the face of it, capital gains tax (CGT) is pretty easy to understand: it’s the tax you have to pay when you sell an asset that has grown in value. You will only pay CGT on any profit you made from the sale and not on the overall sum you received.
The Companies Act 2006 is a complex piece of legislation that took eight years of lengthy consultation before agreement could be reached on the final provisions. The new Act, which became law in October 2009 and contains more than 1,300 sections, replaces the 1985 Act. It aims to modernise company law, simplify legislation, enhance the rights of shareholders, ease the administration burden for companies, and codify the duties of company directors.