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4For section 312 substitute—

312Duty of promoter to notify client of number

(1)This section applies where a person who is a promoter in relation to notifiable arrangements is providing (or has provided) services to any person (“the client”) in connection with the notifiable arrangements.

(2)The promoter must, within 30 days after the relevant date, provide the client with prescribed information relating to any reference number (or, if more than one, any one reference number) that has been notified to the promoter (whether by HMRC or any other person) in relation to—

(a)the notifiable arrangements, or

(b)any arrangements substantially the same as the notifiable arrangements (whether involving the same or different parties).

(3)In subsection (2) “the relevant date” means the later of—

(a)the date on which the promoter becomes aware of any transaction which forms part of the notifiable arrangements, and

(b)the date on which the reference number is notified to the promoter.

(4)But where the conditions in subsection (5) are met the duty imposed on the promoter under subsection (2) to provide the client with information in relation to notifiable arrangements is discharged.

(5)Those conditions are that —

(a)the promoter is also a promoter in relation to a notifiable proposal and provides services to the client in connection with them both,

(b)the notifiable proposal and the notifiable arrangements are substantially the same, and

(c)the promoter has provided to the client, in a form and manner specified by HMRC, prescribed information relating to the reference number that has been notified to the promoter in relation to the proposed notifiable arrangements.

(6)HMRC may give notice that, in relation to notifiable arrangements specified in the notice, promoters are not under the duty under subsection (2) after the date specified in the notice.

312ADuty of client to notify parties of number

(1)This section applies where a person (a “client”) to whom a person who is a promoter in relation to notifiable arrangements or a notifiable proposal is providing (or has provided) services in connection with the notifiable arrangements or notifiable proposal receives prescribed information relating to the reference number allocated to the notifiable arrangements or proposed notifiable arrangements.

(2)The client must, within the prescribed period, provide prescribed information relating to the reference number to any other person—

(a)who the client might reasonably be expected to know is or is likely to be a party to the arrangements or proposed arrangements, and

(b)who might reasonably be expected to gain a tax advantage in relation to any relevant tax by reason of the arrangements or proposed arrangements.

(3)For the purposes of subsection (1) a tax is a “relevant tax” in relation to arrangements or arrangements proposed in a proposal of any description if it is prescribed in relation to arrangements or proposals of that description by regulations under section 306.

(4)HMRC may give notice that, in relation to notifiable arrangements or a notifiable proposal specified in the notice, persons are not under the duty under subsection (2) after the date specified in the notice.

(5)The duty under subsection (2) does not apply in prescribed circumstances.

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