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Section 112(3).

SCHEDULE 13E+W+S+N.I. Stamp duty: instruments chargeable and rates of duty

Part IE+W+S+N.I. Conveyance or transfer on sale

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C1Sch. 13 Pt. I excluded (28.7.2000 with effect as mentioned in s. 130(10) of the amending Act) by 2000 c. 17, s. 130(1)(10)

C2Sch. 13 Pt. I modified (retrospective to 28.3.2000 and with effect as mentioned in s. 118(10)(11) of the amending Act) by 2000 c. 17, s. 118 (with s. 118(9))

Sch. 13 Pt. I modified (retrospective to 28.3.2000 and with effect as mentioned in s. 119(11)(12) of the amending Act) by 2000 c. 17, s. 119 (with s. 120)

Sch. 13 Pt. I modified (retrospective to 28.3.2000 and with effect as mentioned in s. 122(8)(9) of the amending Act) by 2000 c. 17, s. 122

Sch. 13 Pt. I amended (11.5.2001 with effect as mentioned in s. 92(8) of the amending Act) by 2001 c. 9, s. 92, Sch. 30 para. 1(1); S.I. 2001/3748, art. 2

Sch. 13 Pt. I excluded (11.5.2001 with effect as mentioned in s. 92(8) of the amending Act) by 2001 c. 9, s. 92(1); S.I. 2001/3748, art. 2

ChargeE+W+S+N.I.

1(1)Stamp duty is chargeable on a conveyance or transfer on sale.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)For this purpose “conveyance on sale” includes every instrument, and every decree or order of a court or commissioners, by which any property, or any estate or interest in property, is, on being sold, transferred to or vested in the purchaser or another person on behalf of or at the direction of the purchaser.

Rates of dutyE+W+S+N.I.

2Duty under this Part is chargeable by reference to the amount or value of the consideration for the sale.E+W+S+N.I.

3In the case of a conveyance or transfer of stock or marketable securities the rate is 0.5%.E+W+S+N.I.

4In the case of any other conveyance or transfer on sale the rates of duty are as follows—

1.Where the amount or value of the consideration is £60,000 or under and the instrument is certified at £60,000Nil
2.Where the amount or value of the consideration is £250,000 or under and the instrument is certified at £250,0001%
3.Where the amount or value of the consideration is £500,000 or under and the instrument is certified at £500,0002.5%
4.Any other case3.5%

5The above provisions are subject to any enactment setting a different rate or setting an upper limit on the amount of duty chargeable.E+W+S+N.I.

Meaning of instrument being certified at an amountE+W+S+N.I.

6(1)The references in paragraph 4 above to an instrument being certified at a particular amount mean that it contains a statement that the transaction effected by the instrument does not form part of a larger transaction or series of transactions in respect of which the amount or value, or aggregate amount or value, of the consideration exceeds that amount.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)For this purpose a sale or contract or agreement for the sale of goods, wares or merchandise shall be disregarded—

(a)in the case of an instrument which is not an actual conveyance or transfer of the goods, wares or merchandise (with or without other property);

(b)in the case of an instrument treated as such a conveyance or transfer only by virtue of paragraph 7 (contracts or agreements chargeable as conveyances on sale);

and any statement as mentioned in sub-paragraph (1) shall be construed as leaving out of account any matter which is to be so disregarded.

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C3Sch. 13 para. 6 modified (retrospective to 28.3.2000 and with effect as mentioned in s. 129(5) and Sch. 34 para. 4(3) of the amending Act) by 2000 c. 17, s. 129(3)(5), Sch. 34 para. 4(1)(3) (with s. 129(4))

Sch. 13 para. 6 modified (11.5.2001 with effect as mentioned in s. 92(8) of the amending Act) by 2001 c. 9, s. 92, Sch. 30 para. 3(1); S.I. 2001/3748, art. 2

Sch. 13 para. 6 modified (retrospective to 24.7.2002 with application as mentioned in Sch. 37 para. 3(3) of the amending act) by 2002 c. 23, s. 116(2)(4)(5), Sch. 37, para. 3

C4Sch. 13 para. 6(1) restricted (27.7.1999 with effect as mentioned in s. 112(6) of 1999 c. 16) by 1991 c. 31, s. 113(1) (as inserted (27.7.1999 with effect as mentioned in s. 112(6) of the amending Act) by 1999 c. 16, ss. 112(4), 122, Sch. 14 para. 27)

Contracts or agreements chargeable as conveyances on saleE+W+S+N.I.

7(1)A contract or agreement for the sale of—E+W+S+N.I.

(a)any equitable estate or interest in property, or

(b)any estate or interest in property except—

(i)land,

(ii)goods, wares or merchandise,

(iii)stock or marketable securities,

(iv)any ship or vessel, or a part interest, share or property of or in any ship or vessel, or

(v)property of any description situated outside the United Kingdom,

is chargeable with the samead valorem duty, to be paid by the purchaser, as if it were an actual conveyance on sale of the estate, interest or property contracted or agreed to be sold.

(2)Where the purchaser has paidad valorem duty and before having obtained a conveyance or transfer of the property enters into a contract or agreement for the sale of the same, the contract or agreement is chargeable, if the consideration for that sale is in excess of the consideration for the original sale, with thead valorem duty payable in respect of the excess consideration but is not otherwise chargeable.

(3)Where duty has been paid in conformity with sub-paragraphs (1) and (2), the conveyance or transfer to the purchaser or sub-purchaser, or any other person on his behalf or by his direction, is not chargeable with any duty.

(4)In that case, upon application and upon production of the contract or agreement (or contracts or agreements) duly stamped, the Commissioners shall either—

(a)denote the payment of thead valorem duty upon the conveyance or transfer, or

(b)transfer thead valorem duty to the conveyance or transfer.

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8(1)Where a contract or agreement would apart from paragraph 7 not be chargeable with any duty and a conveyance or transfer made in conformity with the contract or agreement is presented to the Commissioners for stamping with the ad valorem duty chargeable on it—E+W+S+N.I.

(a)within the period of six months after the execution of the contract or agreement, or

(b)within such longer period as the Commissioners may think reasonable in the circumstances of the case,

the conveyance or transfer shall be stamped accordingly, and both it and the contract or agreement shall be deemed to be duly stamped.

(2)Nothing in this paragraph affects the provisions as to the stamping of a conveyance or transfer after execution.

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9The ad valorem duty paid upon a contract or agreement by virtue of paragraph 7 shall be repaid by the Commissioners if the contract or agreement is afterwards rescinded or annulled or is for any other reason not substantially performed or carried into effect so as to operate as or be followed by a conveyance or transfer.E+W+S+N.I.

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Part IIE+W+S+N.I. Lease

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C8Sch. 13 Pt. II excluded (28.7.2000 with effect as mentioned in s. 130(10) of the amending Act) by 2000 c. 17, s. 130(1)(10)

C9Sch. 13 Pt. II modified (retrospective to 28.3.2000 and with effect as mentioned in s. 121(10)(11) of the amending Act) by 2000 c. 17, s. 121(2)(10)-(12)

Sch. 13 Pt. II amended (11.5.2001 with effect as mentioned in s. 92(8) of the amending Act) by 2001 c. 9, s. 92, Sch. 30 para. 1(1); S.I. 2001/3748, art. 2

Sch. 13 Pt. II excluded (11.5.2001 with effect as mentioned in s. 92(8) of the amending Act) by 2001 c. 9, s. 92(1); S.I. 2001/3748, art. 2

ChargeE+W+S+N.I.

10Stamp duty is chargeable on a lease.E+W+S+N.I.

Rates of dutyE+W+S+N.I.

11In the case of a lease for a definite term less than a year the duty is as follows—

1.Lease of furnished dwelling-house or apartments where the rent for the term exceeds £500£5
2.Any other lease of landThe same duty as for a lease for a year at the rent reserved for the definite term

12(1)In the case of a lease of land for any other definite term, or for an indefinite term, the duty is determined as follows.

(2)If the consideration or part of the consideration moving to the lessor or to any other person consists of any money, stock, security or other property, the duty in respect of that consideration is the same as that on a conveyance on a sale for the same consideration.

But if—

(a)part of the consideration is rent, and

(b)that rent exceeds £600 a year,

the duty is calculated as if paragraph 1 of the Table in paragraph 4 of this Schedule were omitted.

(3)If the consideration or part of the consideration is rent, the duty in respect of that consideration is determined by reference to the rate or average rate of the rent (whether reserved as a yearly rent or not), as follows.

1.

Term less than 7 years or indefinite—

(a) if the rent is £500 or less

(b) if the rent is more than £500

Nil

1%

2.Term more than 7 years but not more than 35 years2%
3.Term more than 35 years but not more than 100 years12%
4.Term more than 100 years24%

13Stamp duty of £5 is chargeable on a lease not within paragraph 11 or 12 above.E+W+S+N.I.

Agreement for a lease charged as a leaseE+W+S+N.I.

14(1)An agreement for a lease is chargeable with the same duty as if it were an actual lease made for the term and consideration mentioned in the agreement.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)Where duty has been duly paid on an agreement for a lease and subsequent to that agreement a lease is granted which either—

(a)is in conformity with the agreement, or

(b)relates to substantially the same property and term as the agreement,

the duty which would otherwise be charged on the lease is reduced by the amount of the duty paid on the agreement.

(3)Sub-paragraph (1) does not apply to missives of let in Scotland that constitute an actual lease.

Subject to that, references in this paragraph to an agreement for a lease include missives of let in Scotland.

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Lease for fixed term and then until determinedE+W+S+N.I.

15(1)For the purposes of this Part a lease granted for a fixed term and thereafter until determined is treated as a lease for a definite term equal to the fixed term together with such further period as must elapse before the earliest date at which the lease can be determined.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)Paragraph 14 (agreement for a lease charged as a lease) shall be construed accordingly.

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Part IIIE+W+S+N.I. Other instruments

Conveyance or transfer otherwise than on saleE+W+S+N.I.

16(1)Stamp duty of £5 is chargeable on a conveyance or transfer of property otherwise than on sale.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)In sub-paragraph (1) “conveyance or transfer” includes every instrument, and every decree or order of a court or commissioners, by which any property is transferred to or vested in any person.

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C12Sch. 13 Pt. III para. 16 excluded (28.7.2000 with effect as mentioned in s. 130(10) of the amending Act) by 2000 c. 17, s. 130(1)(10)

Sch. 13 Pt. III para. 16 excluded (11.5.2001 with effect as mentioned in s. 92(8) of the amending Act) by 2001 c. 9, s. 92(1); S.I. 2001/3748, art. 2

Sch. 13 Pt. III para. 16 amended (11.5.2001 with effect as mentioned in s. 92(8) of the amending Act) by 2001 c. 9, s. 92, Sch. 30 para. 1(1); S.I. 2001/3748, art. 2

Declaration of use or trustE+W+S+N.I.

17(1)Stamp duty of £5 is chargeable on a declaration of any use or trust of or concerning property unless the instrument constitutes a conveyance or transfer on sale.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)This does not apply to a will.

Dispositions in ScotlandE+W+S+N.I.

18(1)The following are chargeable with duty as a conveyance on sale—E+W+S+N.I.

(a)a disposition of heritable property in Scotland to singular successors or purchasers;

(b)a disposition of heritable property in Scotland to a purchaser containing a clause declaring all or any part of the purchase money a real burden upon, or affecting, the heritable property thereby disponed, or any part of it;

(c)a disposition in Scotland containing constitution of feu or ground annual right.

(2)A disposition in Scotland of any property, or any right or interest in property, that is not so chargeable is chargeable with stamp duty of £5.

Duplicate or counterpartE+W+S+N.I.

19(1)A duplicate or counterpart of an instrument chargeable with duty is chargeable with duty of £5.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)The duplicate or counterpart of an instrument chargeable with duty is not duly stamped unless—

(a)it is stamped as an original instrument, or

(b)it appears by some stamp impressed on it that the full and proper duty has been paid on the original instrument of which it is the duplicate or counterpart.

(3)Sub-paragraph (2) does not apply to the counterpart of an instrument chargeable as a lease, if that counterpart is not executed by or on behalf of any lessor or grantor.

Instrument increasing rentE+W+S+N.I.

20(1)An instrument (not itself a lease)—E+W+S+N.I.

(a)by which it is agreed that the rent reserved by a lease should be increased, or

(b)which confirms or records any such agreement made otherwise than in writing,

is chargeable with the same duty as if it were a lease in consideration of the additional rent made payable by it.

(2)Sub-paragraph (1) does not apply to an instrument giving effect to provision in the lease for periodic review of the rent reserved by it.

Partition or divisionE+W+S+N.I.

21(1)Where on the partition or division of an estate or interest in land consideration exceeding £100 in amount or value is paid or given, or agreed to be paid or given, for equality, the principal or only instrument by which the partition or division is effected is chargeable with the same ad valorem duty as a conveyance on sale for the consideration, and with that duty only.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)Where there are several instruments for completing the title of either party, the principal instrument is to be ascertained, and the other instruments shall be charged with duty, as provided by sections 58(3) and 61 of the M1Stamp Act 1891 in the case of several instruments of conveyance.

(3)Stamp duty of £5 is chargeable on an instrument effecting a partition or division to which the above provisions do not apply.

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Release or renunciationE+W+S+N.I.

22Stamp duty of £5 is chargeable on a release or renunciation of property unless the instrument constitutes a conveyance or transfer on sale.E+W+S+N.I.

SurrenderE+W+S+N.I.

23Stamp duty of £5 is chargeable on a surrender of property unless the instrument constitutes a conveyance or transfer on sale.E+W+S+N.I.

Part IVE+W+S+N.I. General exemptions

24The following are exempt from stamp duty under this Schedule—E+W+S+N.I.

(a)transfers of shares in the government or parliamentary stocks or funds or strips (within the meaning of section 47 of the M2Finance Act 1942) of such stocks or funds;

(b)instruments for the sale, transfer, or other disposition (absolutely or otherwise) of any ship or vessel, or any part, interest, share or property of or in a ship or vessel;

(c)testaments, testamentary instruments and dispositionsmortis causa in Scotland;

(d)renounceable letters of allotment, letters of rights or other similar instruments where the rights under the letter or other instrument are renounceable not later than six months after its issue.

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25Stamp duty is not chargeable under this Schedule on any description of instrument in respect of which duty was abolished by—E+W+S+N.I.

(a)section 64 of the M3Finance Act 1971 or section 5 of the M4Finance Act (Northern Ireland) 1971 (abolition of duty on mortgages, bonds, debentures etc.), or

(b)section 173 of the M5Finance Act 1989 (life insurance policies and superannuation annuities).

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M41971 c.27(N.I.).

26Nothing in this Schedule affects any other enactment conferring exemption or relief from stamp duty.E+W+S+N.I.

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