Orders of the Day — 53. Stamp Duty (Seven Year Leases)

– in the House of Commons at 9:39 pm on 27th March 2000.

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Resolved,That the following provisions shall have effect for the period beginning 28th March 2000 and ending 31 days after the earliest of the dates mentioned in section 50(2) of the Finance Act 1973—

(1) In paragraph 12(3) of Schedule 13 to the Finance Act 1999, in paragraph 1 of the Table, for "less than 7 years" substitute "not more than 7 years".

(2) Subject to paragraphs (4) to (13), paragraph (1) applies to instruments executed on or after 1st October 1999.

(3) Paragraphs (4) to (13) apply to—

  1. (a) leases of land for a term of seven years, and
  2. (b) agreements for leases of land for a term of seven years,
executed on or after 1st October 1999 and before the commencement date.

(4) An instrument to which this paragraph applies which is stamped with the appropriate amount of duty is duly stamped, whenever it was executed.

(5) An instrument to which this paragraph applies which—

  1. (a) immediately before the commencement date was duly stamped, but
  2. (b) was stamped with less than the appropriate amount of duty,
ceases to be duly stamped on the commencement date.

(6) Paragraph (5) applies even if the instrument has been stamped in accordance with section 12(5) of the Stamp Act 1891 with a stamp denoting that it is duly stamped.

(7) If an instrument ceases to be duly stamped on the commencement date as a result of paragraph (5)—

  1. (a) section 12(6) of the Stamp Act 1891 does not apply to it at any time when it is not duly stamped, and
  2. (b) section 14(1) of that Act does not apply to it at any time when it is not duly stamped, unless the unpaid duty and any interest or penalty is paid in accordance with that subsection.

(8) Section 12A(1) of the Stamp Act 1891 does not prevent an instrument to which this paragraph applies which is stamped with less than the appropriate amount of duty from being stamped with additional duty.

(9) Section 14(4) of the Stamp Act 1891 applies in relation to an instrument to which this paragraph applies as if, as respects any time on or after the commencement date, the reference to the law in force at the time when it was executed were to the law in force on the commencement date.

(10) Paragraphs (12) and (13) apply for the purpose of applying sections 12 to 13B and 15 to 15B of the Stamp Act 1891 in relation to any additional duty chargeable on an instrument to which this paragraph applies.

(11) Those sections continue to apply without modification as respects any other stamp duty chargeable on the instrument.

(12) Those sections have effect as respects the additional duty as if—

  1. (a) the additional duty were the only stamp duty chargeable on the instrument;
  2. (b) the instrument had been executed on the commencement date; and
  3. (c) in the case of an instrument executed outside the United Kingdom and first received in the United Kingdom before the commencement date, the instrument had been first received in the United Kingdom on the commencement date.

(13) Accordingly, those sections apply as respects additional duty as if—

  1. (a) references to duty were to additional duty;
  2. (b) references to stamping were to stamping with additional duty;
  3. (c) references to an instrument's being stamped were to its being stamped with additional duty;
  4. (d) references to an instrument's being duly stamped were to its being stamped with all the additional duty chargeable on it;
  5. (e) references to an instrument's being unstamped were to its not being stamped with any additional duty;
  6. (f) references to an instrument's being insufficiently stamped were to its being stamped with insufficient additional duty;
  7. (g) references to adjudication, or an appeal, under any of those sections were to adjudication or an appeal under the section in question as it has effect as respects additional duty; and
  8. (h) references to the maximum penalty were to the maximum penalty as respects additional duty.

(14) In this Resolution— additional duty", in relation to an instrument, means additional stamp duty chargeable on the instrument as a result of paragraph (1);the appropriate amount of duty", in relation to an instrument, means the stamp duty that would have been chargeable on the instrument if paragraph (1) had had statutory effect when it was executed; andthe commencement date" means 28th March 2000.

And it is hereby declared that it is expedient in the public interest that this Resolution should have statutory effect under the provisions of section 50 of the Finance Act 1973.