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Finance Act 2002

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Transfer of UK trade between companies resident in different EU member States

85(1)This paragraph applies where—

(a)an EU company resident in one member State (“the transferor”) transfers the whole or part of a trade carried on by it in the United Kingdom to an EU company resident in another member State (“the transferee”),

(b)the transfer is wholly in exchange for securities issued by the transferee to the transferor, and

(c)a claim is made under this paragraph by the transferor and the transferee.

(2)If the transfer includes intangible fixed assets that are chargeable intangible assets in relation to the transferor immediately before the transfer and in relation to the transferee immediately after the transfer, the transfer of those assets is treated for the purposes of this Schedule as tax-neutral (see paragraph 140).

(3)For the purposes of this paragraph a company is regarded as resident in a member State if it is within a charge to tax under the law of the State because it is regarded as resident for the purposes of the charge.

For this purpose a company is treated as not within a charge to tax under the law of a member State if it falls to be regarded for the purposes of any double taxation relief arrangements to which the State is a party as resident in a territory which is not within any of the member States.

(4)This paragraph applies only if the transfer of the trade or part—

(a)is effected for bona fide commercial reasons, and

(b)does not form part of a scheme or arrangements of which the main purpose, or one of the main purposes, is avoidance of liability to corporation tax, capital gains tax or income tax.

(5)The requirements of sub-paragraph (4) are treated as met where, before the transfer, the Inland Revenue have, on the application of the transferor and the transferee, notified those companies that they are satisfied that the requirements of that sub-paragraph will be met.

For the procedure on such an application, see paragraph 88.

(6)In this paragraph—

(a)“EU company” means a body incorporated under the law of a member State; and

(b)“securities” includes shares.

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