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Insurance Policyholder Taxation Manual

Calculation of gains: general

IPTM7300 onwards describes the various circumstances where achargeable event can arise. Unless the insurer is satisfied that no gain arises by reasonof the event, the insurer is required to report various details about the event and gainto the policyholder and, depending on the event or size of gain, possibly also HMRC asdescribed in IPTM7100 onwards.

The insurer is required to report the gain on all chargeable events except wholeassignments for money or money’s worth. How a chargeable event gain is calculateddepends on the nature of the event. For the purposes of calculating gains on chargeableevents, it is convenient to think of the categories of events listed in IPTM7305 as comprising two groups, namely one group made up of‘calculation events’ and the other made up of all the other chargeable events.

Calculation events

Calculation events are chargeable events that only arise if certaincalculations show gains. They are

  • ‘excess events’
  • ‘part surrender or assignment events’
  • ‘personal portfolio bond events’.

These terms are explained at IPTM3555.

Other events: full surrender, maturity, death or whole assignment

The remaining chargeable events can, broadly speaking, be thought of as all those whereall the rights under the policy or contract are given up in some way. They include fullsurrender, maturity, whole assignments for money or money’s worth, death and, on lifeannuities, the taking of a capital sum as a complete alternative to annuity payments.

Further reference and feedback IPTM1013