Section 1050: Application of section 1049 where bonus share capital is converted etc
3085.This section sets out the tax treatment of the shares issued in an exchange or conversion of shares that were themselves bonus shares taxed as a stock dividend. It is based on section 249(9) of ICTA.
3086.If the stock dividend was taxed as income then the issue of the replacement shares:
is not taxed as a stock dividend,
is not treated as a distribution, and
is not regarded as issued for new consideration – subsection (5).
3087.Some bonus issues do not fall within the rules of the provisions that section 1049 rewrites, either because they were issued before the original rule was introduced (section 34 of the F(No 2)A 1975) or because the rights to the bonus issue were contained in shares issued before 6 April 1975 (the transitional rule in section 249(8) of ICTA, rewritten as paragraph 78A of Schedule 2 to ITTOIA).
3088.If this is the case, section 1049 does not apply to the replacement shares. Therefore, the issue of those shares is treated as a distribution and they are not treated as issued for new consideration – see subsection (3).