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Finance Act 2011

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Amendments of TCGA 1992

2For sections 31 to 34 of TCGA 1992 (which make provision about disposals by companies of shares in or securities of other companies) substitute—

31Disposal of shares or securities by a company

(1)For the purposes of corporation tax, subsection (2) has effect as respects the disposal by a company (“the disposing company”) of shares in, or securities of, another company if—

(a)arrangements have been made whereby the value of those shares or securities, or any relevant asset, is materially reduced,

(b)the main purpose, or one of the main purposes, of the arrangements is to obtain a tax advantage, and

(c)the arrangements do not consist solely of the making of an exempt distribution.

(2)Any allowable loss or chargeable gain accruing on the disposal is to be calculated as if the consideration for the disposal were increased by such amount as is just and reasonable having regard to—

(a)the arrangements, and

(b)any charge to, or relief from, corporation tax that, in the absence of this section, would arise in consequence of the disposal or the arrangements.

(3)For the purposes of subsection (1)—

(a)an asset is a relevant asset if, at the time of the disposal, it is owned by a company which is a member of the same group as the disposing company, and

(b)it does not matter whether the tax advantage is obtained for the disposing company or any other person.

(4)In relation to a case in which the disposal of the shares or securities precedes their acquisition, the reference in subsection (1)(a) to a reduction is to be read as including a reference to an increase.

(5)Where, but for arrangements to which subsection (6) applies, a transaction would, by virtue of section 29(2), be treated as a disposal of shares by a company, that transaction is to be treated as if it were, by virtue of section 29(2), a disposal of those shares.

(6)The arrangements to which this subsection applies are arrangements—

(a)whereby the value of the shares or securities is materially reduced, and

(b)the main purpose, or one of the main purposes, of which is to obtain a tax advantage (whether for the company or any other person).

(7)In this section—

  • “arrangements” includes any agreement, understanding, scheme, transaction or series of transactions (whether or not legally enforceable);

  • “exempt distribution” means a distribution which—

    (a)

    for the purposes of section 931D of CTA 2009 (exemption from charge to tax: distributions received by companies that are not small), falls within an exempt class by virtue of section 931H of that Act (dividends derived from transactions not designed to reduce tax), or

    (b)

    would be within paragraph (a) but for the recipient being a small company (within the meaning of section 931S of that Act) in the accounting period of the recipient in which the distribution was received;

  • “group” is to be construed in accordance with section 170;

  • “securities” has the same meaning as in section 132;

  • “tax advantage” means the avoidance of a liability to corporation tax in respect of chargeable gains.

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