Section 156: Purchase or sale of woodlands
632.This section applies to a person carrying on a trade of dealing in land who buys and sells land on which trees are growing. It is based on section 99(1) of ICTA.
633.Subsection (2) provides that the cost of the trees or any saleable underwood is disregarded in calculating the profits of the trade. The section applies only to the disposal of the land as part of a trade of dealing in land. It has no application to the trader's use of the land before it is sold.
634.The cost of the land will include the value of the trees and underwood growing on it. Any profit on the sale of the trees and underwood is tax-free because of the exemption for the occupation of commercial woodlands. See section 11 of this Act. Subsection (2) prevents the dealer in land obtaining a trade deduction for that part of the cost of the land that is attributable to the cost of the trees.
635.Subsection (3) applies if the dealer sells the land with any of the trees and underwood still growing on it. The part of the sale price that relates to the trees and underwood is not treated as part of the sale proceeds.
636.The section applies only to woodlands purchased under a contract entered into on or after 1 May 1963. See paragraph 42 of Schedule 2 to this Act.