Notify a purchase of own shares (SH03)

Use this form to give notice of a purchase by a limited company of its own shares.


Checklist guidance for SH03


HMRC has introduced new electronic Stamp Duty processes to replace their previous physical stamping system.

Find out how to pay Stamp Duty and more information about Stamp Duty on shares.

If the purchase price of the shares is above the £1,000 duty payable threshold, you’ll need to send your SH03 form to HMRC before you send it to Companies House. They will issue your company with a letter confirming that the appropriate duty has been paid.

When you send the form to Companies House, you’ll need to send the HMRC letter with it.

The letter will not appear on the public register.

Published 6 October 2014
Last updated 9 July 2021 + show all updates
  1. The temporary measures put in place during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic for stamping SH03 forms with stamp duty paid have been made permanent.

  2. Guidance on avoiding rejection of share capital forms added

  3. First published.