Multinational Companies: Taxation

Treasury written question – answered on 20th May 2019.

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Photo of Anneliese Dodds Anneliese Dodds Shadow Minister (Treasury)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to Answer of 29 April 2019 to Question 247155 on Multinational Companies: Taxation; for what reason Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man were not included in the list of countries with a full tax treaty with the UK; and whether these jurisdictions will be covered by the offshore receipts in respect of intangible property rule.

Photo of Mel Stride Mel Stride Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Paymaster General

The scope of the legislation “Offshore Receipts in respect of Intangible Property” is limited to territories with which the UK does not have a full tax treaty. A “full treaty territory” is defined in the legislation as a treaty containing a non-discrimination provision. A non-discrimination provision is defined by reference to nationals of a state. Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man are not “states”, they are territories for which the UK is responsible and so cannot meet that condition.

It follows that the Crown Dependencies are within scope of the legislation. The government has committed to respecting its international obligations in respect of this measure. As such the provisions of the relevant treaties will apply to any arrangements involving the Crown Dependencies that are subject to the legislation, and the UK will provide for treaty relief where applicable.

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