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    Read part B if you are an individual and a CGT event happened in 2007-08 or you received a distribution from a trust (including a managed fund) that included a net capital gain.

    If you have sold only a few shares or units, or have a managed fund distribution, you may find it easier to use the Personal investors guide to capital gains tax 2008.

    The steps that follow explain how to calculate your net capital gain or net capital loss for 2007-08 and complete item 18 Capital gains on your Tax return for individuals (supplementary section) 2008, or item 9 if you use the Tax return for retirees 2008. Note: You cannot use the tax return for retirees if you had a distribution from a managed fund during the income year.

    Individuals, including individual partners in a partnership, who lodge using a paper tax return, are not required to complete a CGT schedule.

    How to work out your capital gain or capital loss in part A explains how to calculate a capital gain or capital loss for each CGT event or asset using the Capital gain or capital loss worksheet (PDF, 123kB). For most individuals, this worksheet is all you will need to work out what needs to be included at item 18 on your tax return (supplementary section), or item 9 if you use the tax return for retirees. Make copies of the worksheet if you need more than one. If you need help completing the Capital gain or capital loss worksheet, read step 1 in part C (ignore the word 'entity').

    If you have a number of the Capital gain or capital loss worksheets because several CGT events happened, you may wish to use the CGT summary worksheet (PDF, 242kB) to help you calculate your net capital gain or net capital loss. Read steps 2 and 3 in part C of this guide (ignoring the word 'entity') to find out how to complete the summary worksheet. Then complete item 18 on your tax return (supplementary section), or item 9 if you use the tax return for retirees.

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