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Finance Act 2004

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Transfers of business

3(1)In the Taxes Act 1988, after section 444AB insert—

444ABASubsequent charge in certain cases within s.444AB

(1)This section applies where—

(a)section 444AB applies in relation to a transfer in the case of which there are retained liabilities, and

(b)in any accounting period of the transferor beginning after the day of the transfer there is a reduction in the amount of the retained liabilities occasioned otherwise than by the making of a payment in or towards their discharge.

(2)The transferor shall be charged to tax under Case VI of Schedule D in respect of the taxable amount as if it had been received by the transferor in the accounting period in which the reduction occurs.

(3)If the transferor was charged to tax on the profits of its life assurance business under Case I of Schedule D for the accounting period ending with the day of the transfer, the taxable amount is the whole amount of the reduction.

(4)Otherwise the taxable amount is the non-BLAGAB fraction of the amount of the reduction.

(5)The non-BLAGAB fraction of the amount of the reduction is the fraction of which—

(a)the numerator is the amount of the liabilities transferred, apart from those which are liabilities of basic life assurance and general annuity business, and

(b)the denominator is the amount of the liabilities transferred.

(6)Where in any accounting period of the transferor beginning after the transfer there is an increase in the amount of the retained liabilities, this section applies in relation to subsequent accounting periods of the transferor as if the amount of the retained liabilities were reduced by the amount of the increase.

(7)Where an amount is shown as post-transfer reduction liabilities in the transferor’s accounts for any accounting period beginning after the transfer, this section applies as if the amount of the retained liabilities at the end of that accounting period (and the beginning of the next) were increased by the amount so shown.

(8)In subsection (7) above “post-transfer reduction liabilities” means liabilities of the transferor to make payments to relevant persons which, in accordance with the terms of the insurance business transfer scheme, have arisen in consequence of a reduction in the amount of the retained liabilities at any time after the transfer.

(9)In subsection (8) above “relevant persons” means—

(a)if the transferor’s life assurance business immediately before the transfer was mutual business, persons who were policy holders or annuitants, or members of the transferor, at that time, and

(b)in any other case, persons who were policy holders or annuitants at that time..

(2)Sub-paragraph (1) has effect where section 444AB of the Taxes Act 1988 applies by reason of an insurance business transfer scheme (within the meaning of that section) taking place on or after 17th March 2004.

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