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HMRC internal manual

Stamp Taxes on Shares Manual

Bearer Instruments: Bearer Instrument duty - exemptions: Foreign loan securities

By virtue of FA99/SCH15/PARA13, there is no 1.5 per cent stamp duty charge on a bearer instrument that is issued outside of the United Kingdom (UK) in respect of a loan that is expressed in a currency other than sterling, and which is not:

  1. offered for subscription in the UK, or
  2. offered for subscription with a view to an offer for sale in the UK of securities in respect of the loan.