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Finance Act 1966

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45Harbour reorganisation schemes: corporation tax and stamp duty

(1)Where, after the passing of this Act, the trade of any body corporate other than a limited liability company is transferred to a harbour authority by or under a certified harbour reorganisation scheme which provides also for the dissolution of the transferor—

(a)for the purposes of the Corporation Tax Acts, the trade shall not be treated as permanently discontinued, nor shall a new trade be treated as set up and commenced ;

(b)the transferee shall be entitled to relief from corporation tax under section 58(1) of the Finance Act 1965, as for a loss sustained by it in carrying on the transferred trade or any trade of which it comes to form part, for any amount which, if the transferor had continued to carry it on, would have been available to the transferor for carry forward against chargeable profits of succeeding accounting periods, but subject to any claim made by the transferor under section 58(2) of that Act; and

(c)Schedule 12 to this Act (which contains further provisions as to the application of the Corporation Tax Acts) shall also have effect.

(2)Where, after the passing of this Act, a part only of such a trade is transferred to a harbour authority by or under a certified harbour reorganisation scheme, and the transferor continues to carry on the remainder of the trade, or any such trade is, by or under a certified harbour reorganisation scheme which provides also for the dissolution of the transferor, transferred in parts to two or more harbour authorities, the provisions of paragraphs (a) and (b) of the foregoing subsection and of Schedule 12 to this Act shall apply as if the transferred part, or each of the transferred parts, had been at all times a separate trade.

(3)Where a part of any trade is to be treated by virtue of subsection (2) above as having been a separate trade over any period there shall be made any necessary adjustments of accounting periods, and such apportionments as may be just of receipts, expenses, allowances or charges.

(4)Where the trade carried on by any body corporate was, by or under a certified harbour reorganisation scheme, transferred to a harbour authority in the year 1965-66—

(a)the change effected by the transfer shall be treated as one in respect of which the conditions specified in section 17(1) of the Finance Act 1954 (company reconstructions etc. without change of ownership) were satisfied, and Schedule 3 to that Act shall apply accordingly ;

(b)for all purposes of corporation tax the transferee and all other persons affected shall be treated as if the transferee had carried on the trade from the end of the basis period for that year of the trade as carried on by the transferor, and as if anything done to or by the transferor in carrying on the trade since the end of that period had been done to or by the transferee; and

(c)subsection (1)(b) above, and paragraph 4 of Schedule 12 to this Act, shall apply.

(5)Where a certified harbour reorganisation scheme contains provision for the transfer of an undertaking, or of any other description of property, to a harbour authority, then, in considering whether any and if so what duty is payable under section 12 of the Finance Act 1895 (which relates to the stamp duty payable in connection with certain statutory conveyances), the consideration for the transfer shall be left out of account; and no stamp duty shall be payable on any contract or agreement for any such transfer if the contract or agreement is conditional on the making and certification of a harbour reorganisation scheme.

(6)In this section—

  • " harbour authority" has the same meaning as in the Harbours Act 1964;

  • " harbour reorganisation scheme" means any statutory provision providing for the management by a harbour authority of any harbour or group of harbours in the United Kingdom, and " certified ", in relation to any harbour reorganisation scheme, means certified by a Minister of the Crown or Government department as so providing with a view to securing, in the public interest, the efficient and economical development of the harbour or harbours in question;

  • " limited liability company " means a company having a limit on the liability of its members ;

  • " statutory provision " means any enactment, or any scheme, order or other instrument having effect under an enactment, and includes an enactment confirming a provisonal order; and in this section and in Schedule 12 to this Act " transferor ", in relation to any trade, means the body from whom the trade is transferred, whether or not the transfer is effected by that body.

(7)This section, except so far as it relates to stamp duties, shall be construed as one with the Corporation Tax Acts.

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