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54. Stamp duty reserve tax (certain transfers of securities)

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — Amendment of the Law – in the House of Commons at 6:23 pm on 22nd March 2016.

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Resolved,

That—

(1) Part 4 of the Finance Act 1986 (stamp duty reserve tax) is amended as follows.

(2) In section 93 (depositary receipts)—

(a) in subsection (4)(b), for the words from “worth,” to the end substitute “worth—

(i) the amount or value of the consideration, or

(ii) where subsection (4A) applies, the amount or value of the consideration or, if higher, the value of the securities;”, and

(b) after subsection (4) insert—

“(4A) This subsection applies where the transfer of the securities is pursuant to—

(a) the exercise of an option to buy or to sell the securities, and

(b) either—

(i) a term of the option which provides for the securities to be transferred to the person falling within subsection (2) or (3), or

(ii) a direction, given by or on behalf of the person entitled or bound to acquire the securities pursuant to the exercise of the option, for the securities to be so transferred.”

(3) In section 94 (depositary receipts: supplementary), in subsection (4), for “section 93(4)(c)” substitute “section 93(4)(b)(ii) and (c)”.

(4) In section 96 (clearance services)—

(a) in subsection (2)(b), for the words from “worth,” to the end substitute “worth—

(i) the amount or value of the consideration, or

(ii) where subsection (2A) applies, the amount or value of the consideration or, if higher, the value of the securities;”,

(b) after subsection (2) insert—

“(2A) This subsection applies where the transfer of the securities is pursuant to—

(a) the exercise of an option to buy or to sell the securities, and

(b) either—

(i) a term of the option which provides for the securities to be transferred to A or (as the case may be) to the person whose business is or includes holding chargeable securities as nominee for A, or

(ii) a direction, given by or on behalf of the person entitled or bound to acquire the securities pursuant to the exercise of the option, for the securities to be so transferred.”, and

(c) in subsection (10), for “subsection (2)(c)” substitute “subsection (2)(b)(ii) and (c)”.

(5) The amendments made by this Resolution have effect in relation to a transfer pursuant to the exercise of an option where—

(a) the option was granted on or after 25 November 2015, and

(b) the option was exercised on or after 23 March 2016.

And it is declared that it is expedient in the public interest that this Resolution should have statutory effect under the provisions of the Provisional Collection of Taxes Act 1968.