Section 593: Death of seller
2309.This section deals with the case where a seller of patent rights dies before the end of the six year spreading period under sections 590, 591 or 592. It is based on section 525 of ICTA.
2310.Subsection (2) provides that personal representatives may elect for a reduction in the tax charged under subsection (1) based on “the lifetime tax years”. The term “personal representatives” is now defined in section 878(1) of this Act.
2311.Subsection (3) defines “the lifetime tax years” for the purposes of subsection (2). The subsection also deals with sale proceeds which are received in instalments. This makes explicit in the section what was implicit in the source legislation.
2312.Subsection (4) contains the time limit for making an election under subsection (2). The reference in section 525(2) of ICTA to “the inspector” has not been reproduced. Section 878(4) of this Act draws attention to the rules in TMA, which apply for the purposes of this Act. Those rules require elections to be made to “an officer of the Board”. See Change 149 in Annex 1.
2313.The time limit in section 525(2) of ICTA has been changed to fit in with the normal self-assessment filing date for the year in which the death occurs. See Change 104 in Annex 1.