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Stamp Taxes on Shares Manual

Exemptions and Reliefs: reliefs: suggested S75 claim letter

 Suggested Section 75 Finance Act 1986 Claim Letter

 

The draft letter below can be used when relief is claimed under s.75 FA 1986.

 

Completed claims should be sent to: HMRC Stamp Taxes, 9th Floor, City Centre House, 30 Union Street, Birmingham, B2 4AR

 

Dear Sirs

……………………………………………………………………….. Limited/plc

 

Section 75 Finance Act 1986

 

  1. We act for …………………………………Limited/plc (‘the Acquiring Company’).

 

  1. In connection with the transactions referred to below we hereby apply on behalf of the Acquiring Company for relief from  Stamp  Duty under Section 75 Finance Act 1986.

 

  1. The Acquiring Company, whose registered office is at ……………………………. was incorporated in [England] on DD/MM/YYYY [under the Companies Act[s] 20 ……. [to 20 …….] with No ….……….….….]. A copy of the Certificate of Incorporation [and the Certificate of Incorporation on Change of Name] [is/are] enclosed marked ‘A’.

 

  1. …………………………………..…………………………….. Limited/plc (‘the Target Company’), whose registered office is at  ……………………………………………, was incorporated in [England] on DD/MM/YYYY [under the Companies Act[s] 20 ……. [to 20 …….] with No ….……….….….].

A copy of the Certificate of Incorporation [and the Certificate of Incorporation on Change of Name] [is/are] enclosed marked ‘B’. The register of members, or a list of all members, of the Target Company immediately prior to …………20 ……., certified by the Registrars of the Target Company, is enclosed marked ‘C’.

 

[NOTE – A print-out from a computerised register, which need not be certified, is acceptable (if available) instead of the register or list of members.]

  1. The Acquiring Company has acquired [the whole] [part of] the undertaking of the Target Company in pursuance of a scheme for the reconstruction of the Target Company in order that … [set out briefly the reasons for the transactions].

  2. By an Agreement dated DD/MM/YYYY and made between the Target Company (i) and the Acquiring Company (ii) (“the Agreement”), it was provided (inter alia) that the Target Company should sell and the Acquiring Company should purchase the [whole of] [part of] the undertaking of the Target Company as described in Schedule ………. to the Agreement (“the Business”) in pursuance of a scheme for the reconstruction of the Target Company and that as consideration for such sale the Acquiring Company should allot credited as fully paid to all the shareholders of the Target Company […………………./the [respective] number[s] of] [………………….. per cent ………………….. Preference Shares of ……………….. each and] ……………… Ordinary Shares of ………….. each of the Acquiring Company set out in [Clause …………… of/column (………..……) of] such Schedule] (“the Consideration Shares”). [In addition the Acquiring Company [assumed] [discharged] certain liabilities of the Acquired Company as specified in Schedule ………. to the Agreement]. A copy of the Agreement is enclosed marked ‘D’.

  3. The said sale was duly completed on DD/MM/YYYY when the Target Company transferred the Business to the Acquiring Company.

  4. At a Meeting of [a Committee of] the Directors of the Acquiring Company held on DD/MM/YYYY the Consideration Shares (which had been created by Resolution No ……………… passed at the Extraordinary General Meeting held on DD/MM/YYYYwere duly issued to the shareholders of the Target Company pursuant to the provisions of the Agreement.

We enclose marked [‘E’] [and [‘F’] respectively] [a] certified [copy/copies] of the Resolution of the Directors of the Acquiring Company passed on DD/MM/YYYY [appointing the said Committee and of the Resolution of the said Committee of the Directors] making such allotment.

We also enclosed marked [‘G’] a certificate under the hand of  ………………………………….., [the senior official of the Registration Department of …………………………………………………….. Limited/plc, the Registrars] [the Company Secretary] of the Acquiring Company, confirming that the names of the respective allotees of the Consideration Shares have been entered in the Register of [Members of] the Acquiring Company in respect of the Consideration Shares together with a copy of the register of members, or a list of all members, of the Acquiring Company immediately following the allotment, certified by [the Registrars] [the Company Secretary] of the Acquiring Company, marked [‘H’].

 

[NOTE – A computerised print-out, which does not have to be certified, is acceptable instead of the list of members.]

  1. It is confirmed that no part of the consideration for the acquisition consisted of the issue of redeemable shares in the Acquiring Company.

  2. It is confirmed that, immediately after the acquisition:

a.  each shareholder of the Target Company was also a shareholder of the Acquiring Company;          

b. each shareholder of the Acquiring Company was also a shareholder of the Target Company; and

c. each shareholder held the same proportion of shares in the Target Company as that shareholder held in the Acquiring Company.

  1. [An] [No] application(s) for clearance under [Section 138 or 139 TCGA 1992] [Section 707 ICTA 1988] [has/have] been made by the [Acquiring] [Target] Company. A copy of the application(s) [together with copies of the correspondence with HMRC] [are/is] enclosed marked [‘I’].

[NOTE: if advance clearance was not obtained then please provide the information detailed in the Annex below.]

12.  It is submitted that the acquisition was/is effected for bona fide commercial reasons and did not form part of a scheme or arrangement of which the main purpose, or one of the main purposes, is avoidance of liability to stamp duty, income tax, corporation tax or capital gains tax, and all the appropriate conditions of Section 75 Finance Act 1986 have been complied with, and accordingly relief from ad valorem Stamp Duty under the head ‘Conveyance or Transfer on Sale’ is claimed in respect of the Agreement and the transfers executed pursuant thereto.
 

  1. We enclose for adjudication [describe document] together with [a] certified [copy/copies].
     

Yours faithfully
 

Annex: Information to be supplied if advance clearance was not obtained (see paragraph 11 above):

 

1.    A copy of the latest accounts of the Target Company;

2.    Full details of any scheme or arrangement of which the acquisition of the Target Company forms a part;

3.    Confirmation, if appropriate, that the shares in the Target Company are still held by the Acquiring Company and that there is no intention to dispose of them; and

4.    A detailed note of the bona fide commercial reasons for the acquisition.