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HMRC internal manual

Insurance Policyholder Taxation Manual

Permitted property: investment trusts

Shares held in an approved investment trust, or an overseas equivalent, count as property that may be selected by the holder of a policy under its terms without making it a Personal Portfolio Bond (PPB). In order to be approved by HMRC, investment trust companies must satisfy the conditions in Chapter 4 of Part 24 CTA 2010.

Approval of investment trusts is given annually so it is possible that an investment trust that was previously approved may cease to be approved. Where shares in such a trust have been selected as property determining benefits under the policy, the link between the value of the shares and the policy benefits must be broken to keep the policy outside the definition of a PPB. This should be done as soon as reasonably possible after the loss of approval. 

An agreement between the insurer and the policyholder, even if not in writing, to retain the link between policy benefits and the value of the shares of the unapproved investment trust would amount to a variation of the terms of the policy. This variation would allow selection of property that is not in any of the permitted categories so the policy would become a PPB.

An overseas equivalent of an investment trust for the purposes of the personal portfolio bonds legislation must meet the following conditions:-

  1. Must not be a close company [Applying part 10 CTA 2010 as if the company was a UK company] at any time in an accounting period.
  2. All, or substantially all, of the business of the company is investing its funds in shares, land or other assets with the aim of spreading investment risk and giving members of the company the benefit of the results of the management of its funds. In terms of investing its funds the company may be self-managed or may appoint an investment manager. In either case members of the company should not be involved in day to day decisions on investing funds.
  3. The shares making up the company’s ordinary share capital (or, if there are such shares of more than one class, those of each class) are admitted to trading on a regulated market.

“Regulated market” has the same meaning as in Directive 2004/39/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on markets in financial instruments (see Article 4.1(14)).  

“Investment manager” means a person who provides investment management services


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