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Schedule 22 Finance Act 2000: Part X the ring fence - capital allowances - ship leasing - Para 91D period and rate of sublease of qualifying ship

FA00/SCH22/PARA91D

(1) A lease of a qualifying ship provided, directly or indirectly, to a company within tonnage tax (“T”) falls within this paragraph if each lease of the ship by T (a “sublease”) to a company not within tonnage tax meets the conditions in sub-paragraph (2).

(2) The conditions are—

(a) that the amount payable under the sublease is the market rate, and

(b) that the period of the sublease does not exceed 7 years.

(3) For the purposes of this paragraph the market rate is the rate at which the qualifying ship could reasonably be expected to be leased, taking into account all the circumstances of the lease including the period of the lease, the date at which the lease commences and the size and description of the qualifying ship.

(4) For the purposes of this paragraph the period of a sublease is the period comprising—

(a) the term specified in the sublease, and

(b) any subsequent periods which meet the conditions in sub-paragraph (5).

(5) The conditions are that—

(a) there is an option to continue the sublease for that period, and

(b) the amount payable under the sublease for that period is not the market rate applicable at the start of that period.

(6) Where—

(a) an option to continue a sublease for a period is exercised, and

(b) the amount payable under the sublease for that period is the market rate applicable at the start of that period,

the parties to the sublease are to be treated for the purposes of this paragraph as if the sublease had terminated immediately before the commencement of the period and a new sublease had immediately been entered into.

(7) Where a sublease is for an indefinite period, the period of the sublease is to be taken for the purposes of this paragraph to be a period of more than 7 years, unless the condition in sub-paragraph (8) is met.

(8) The condition is that—

(a) the amount payable under the sublease must be reviewed at least once every 7 years, and

(b) if the amount payable under the sublease is found on such a review not to be the market rate applicable at the time of the review, it must be changed to the market rate applicable at that time.

(9) Where there is an option to continue a sublease for an indefinite period, the period of the sublease is to be taken for the purposes of this paragraph to be a period of more than 7 years, unless the condition in sub-paragraph (10) is met.

(10) The condition is that the amount payable under the sublease for any period for which the option may be exercised is the market rate applicable at the start of that period, except that—

(a) the amount for the time being payable under the sublease may subsequently be changed at any time to the market rate applicable at that time,

(b) the amount payable under the sublease must be reviewed at least once every 7 years, and

(c) if the amount payable under the sublease is found on such a review not to be the market rate applicable at the time of the review, it must be changed to the market rate applicable at that time.

(11) Any reference in this paragraph to a lease by T includes a reference to a contract of affreightment entered into by T that provides for the carriage of goods by the qualifying ship.]1

Amendments—

1 Paras 91A-91F inserted by FA 2006 s 81, Sch 9 paras 8, 10 with effect in accordance with the commencement provisions in FA 2006 Sch 8 para 15.

References

Long funding leases TTM10215