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Stamp Taxes on Shares Manual

Collectives: calculation of the charge: meaning of 'Average Value' for the N(N+E) calculation

Paragraph 5 FA99/SCH19 allows the amount of Stamp Duty Reserve Tax (SDRT) payable on the value of surrendered units in a unit trust or shares in an Open-Ended Investment Company (OEIC) in a charging week to be reduced if the trust or OEIC holds both exempt and non-exempt investments.

The reduction is made by applying the fraction N/N+E to the total value of surrendered units/OEIC shares in the charging week where ‘N’ & ‘E’ represent the average market values of the relevant Exempt and Non-exempt investments held by the fund over a relevant two-week period.

Due to the differing natures of trust and OEIC funds, a range of approaches to measuring these averages may be appropriate. It is not the intention of HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) to lay down a single rule.

In addition, a fund to which exceptional circumstances apply, may seek to agree a bespoke arrangement with HMRC. It is acceptable for funds to use any one of the following approaches (provided such approach is operated consistently):-

  • Averages of the values of ‘N’ and ‘E’ over all of the valuation points falling within the relevant two-week period (including values where there is only one such point);
  • Averages of the values from valuation points at an equivalent time in each of the two weeks concerned - for example, an average of each Friday’s valuation point;
  • Averages of the values on the last business day of month 1 and the last business day of month 2 to be used to calculate a ratio N/(N+E) which would be applied to all of the calculations relating to the two-week periods ending in month 2.

The FA99/SCH19 charge applies only to units and OEIC shares which are surrendered and transferred prior to 30 March 2014. See STSM103005

See STSM101020 for the meaning of a unit trust.

See STSM101050 for the meaning of an OEIC.

See STSM105020 and STSM105040 for the meaning of an exempt investment.