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HMRC internal manual

Company Taxation Manual

Property authorised investment funds (Property AIFs): process and effects of entry into the Property AIF regime: advance clearance procedure for genuine diversity of ownership

Under regulation 69U SI 2006/964, a Property AIF can apply for a clearance from HMRC that it meets the genuine diversity of ownership condition (CTM48816) before submitting its notice to elect to join the regime.

To do so, the manager (or proposed manager) must apply in writing to HMRC and send the following documents that apply or are proposed to apply at the beginning of the first accounting period that the Property AIF enters the regime:

  • the open-ended investment company’s proposed instrument of incorporation, and
  • its proposed prospectus (including any supplements to the prospectus).

HMRC must consider the application within 28 days of its receipt and must confirm in writing either to:

  • request further information, in which case the clock stops ticking and the 28 day period will re-start once all the relevant information has been received,
  • give clearance (which may be subject to stated conditions), or
  • deny clearance.

The Property AIF will not be able to rely on any clearance given, if:

  • the Property AIF later acts in contravention of any relevant statement in the relevant documents provided, or
  • the documents submitted to the FSA are, in any relevant respect, not in accordance with the documents considered when clearance was given by HMRC or are subsequently amended in any relevant way.

Once clearance has been obtained then, provided that the intention is to proceed without further changes the manager (or proposed manager) may proceed to give notice of entry at any time before the regime will begin to apply (regulation 69P(7) or (8) SI 2006/964). In all other respects, except for the notice period, the same rules apply to giving notice as normal.

Any applications for clearances should be submitted to:

Eric McLennan
Authorised Investment Funds Centre
Local Compliance Eastern England
Concept House
5 Young Street
S1 4LB