Periodic Accounting for Tax on Interest on Gilt-Edged Securities

New clause 11 – in the House of Commons at 4:20 pm on 3rd April 1995.

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`.—(1) After the section 51A of the Taxes Act 1988 inserted by section (Interest on gilt-edged securities payable without deduction of tax) above there shall be inserted the following section— Periodic accounting for tax on interest on giltedged securities

51B.—(l) The Treasury may by regulations provide for persons to whom payments of interest on relevant gilt-edged securities are made without deduction of tax to be required to make periodic returns to an officer of the Board of—

  1. (a) amounts of any payments of such interest made to that person, and
  2. (b) amounts of tax for which, assuming the payments to bear tax at the basic rate for the relevant year of assessment, that person is to be accountable under the regulations in respect of those payments;
and any such regulations may further provide for the amounts of tax required to be included in any such return to become due, at the time when the return is required to be made, from the person required to make it.

(2) Regulations made by the Treasury for the purposes of this section may—

  1. (a) specify such periods as the Treasury may consider appropriate as the periods for which returns are to be made, and in respect of which any person is to account for tax, under the regulations;
  2. (b) make provision for enabling returns under the regulations to be combined with returns under Schedule 16 and for requiring particulars of claims and calculations made for the purposes of the regulations to be set out in the returns;
  3. (c) provide, in respect of any period for which a return is to be made by any person under the regulations, for that person to be obliged, before the end of the period, to make a payment on account of amounts that may become due from him in respect of that period;
  4. (d) impose a requirement for a special return to he made for the purposes of any obligation imposed by virtue of paragraph (c) above;
  5. (e) provide for the amount which, under the regulations, is to be due from any person in respect of any period to be reduced by reference to amounts which—
    1. (i) are paid by or on behalf of that person under contracts or arrangements relating to transfers of gilt-edged securities; and
    2. (ii) are or fall to be treated as representative of interest on those securities:
  6. (f) authorise amounts in respect of which there is an obligation to account for tax under the regulations to be treated for specified purposes of the Tax Acts as payments on which a person has borne income tax by deduction;
  7. (g) make provision for the assessment of amounts due under the regulations and for the repayment in specified circumstances of amounts paid under the regulations;
  8. (h) make provision for interest to be payable, at such rate as may be determined by or under the regulations, on amounts that have become due under the regulations but have not been paid;
  9. (i) make provision, where payments of interest on any relevant gilt-edged securities would be comprised in the income of a member of Lloyd's, for obligations that may be imposed by regulations under this section on the person to whom the interest is paid to be imposed, instead, on such other person as may be described in the regulations.

(3) Regulations made by the Treasury for the purposes of this section may—

  1. (a) include provision which for the purposes of the regulations makes any provision corresponding, with or without modifications, to any of the provisions of Schedule 16;
  2. (b) make provision modifying the operation of Schedule 19AB in relation to cases where payments of interest on relevant gilt-edged securities are made without deduction of tax to companies carrying on pension business;
  3. (c) include provision which requires obligations and liabilities under the regulations to be treated as obligations and liabilities to which provisions of Schedule 23 to the Finance Act 1995 (UK representatives) apply; and
  4. (d) include provision which, for any of the purposes of the regulations, applies provisions of sections 118 and 119 of and Schedule 23 to that Act in relation to times before those provisions otherwise come into force.

(4) Regulations made by the Treasury for the purposes of this section may—

  1. (a) make different provision for different cases; and
  2. (b) contain such supplementary, incidental, consequential and transitional provision as appears to the Treasury to be appropriate;
and subsection (3) of section 178 of the Finance Act 1989 (extent of powers to set rates of interest) shall apply for the purposes of the power conferred by virtue of subsection (2)(h) above as it applies for the purposes of the power to make regulations under that section.

(5) In this section 'relevant gilt-edged securities' means securities which are gilt-edged securities within the meaning of section 51 A, other than any to which a direction of the Treasury under section 50 relates.

(6) In this section 'relevant year of assessment'—

  1. (a) in relation to a manufactured payment, means the year of assessment in which it is received by the person to whom it is paid; and
  2. (b) in relation to any other payment of interest, means the year of assessment in which the payment is made;
and in this subsection 'manufactured payment' means any payment which for the purposes of Schedule 23A is a payment of manufactured interest."

(2) In the Table in section 98 of the Management Act (penalties in respect of certain information provisions), immediately before the entry in the second column relating to section 124(3) of the Taxes Act 1988 there shall be inserted the following entry— regulations under section 51B;".'.—[Mr. Nelson.]

Brought up, read the First and Second time, and added to the Bill.