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VAT Finance Manual

Securities and related services: legal provisions

Article 135(1) (f) of the Principal VAT Directive exempts:

transactions, including negotiation but not management or safekeeping, in shares, interests in companies or associations, debentures and other securities, but excluding documents establishing title to goods, and the rights or securities referred to in Article 15(2)

The above has been enacted into UK law as the VAT Act 1994, Schedule 9, Group 5, item 6, which exempts:

5A. The underwriting of … any transaction within item 6.
  1. The issue, transfer or receipt of, or any dealing with, any security or secondary security being

  2. shares, stocks, bonds, notes (other than promissory notes), debentures, debenture stock or shares in an oil royalty; or
  3. any document relating to money, in any currency, which has been deposited with the issuer or some other person, being a document which recognises an obligation to pay a stated amount to bearer or to order, with or without interest, and being a document by the delivery of which, with or without endorsement, the right to receive that stated amount, with or without interest, is transferable; or
  4. any bill, note or other obligation of the Treasury or of a Government in any part of the world, being a document by the delivery of which, with or without endorsement, title is transferable, and not being an obligation which is or has been legal tender in any part of the world; or
  5. any letter of allotment or rights, any warrant conferring an option to acquire a security included in this item, any renounceable or scrip certificates, rights coupons, coupons representing dividends or interest on such a security, bond mandates or other documents conferring or containing evidence of title to or rights in respect of such a security; or
  6. units or other documents conferring rights under any trust established for the purpose, or having the effect of providing, for persons having funds available for investment, facilities for the participation by them as beneficiaries under the trust, in any profits or income arising from the acquisition, holding, management or disposal of any property whatsoever.