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Transfers of assets from different categories

116UK life insurance companies

(1)If, at any time in a period of account of a UK life insurance company, an asset (or a part of an asset) held by the company—

(a)ceases to be within one of the long-term business categories, and

(b)comes within another of those categories,

the company is treated for the purposes of corporation tax on chargeable gains as if it had disposed of and immediately re-acquired the asset (or part) at that time for a consideration equal to the fair value of the asset (or part) at that time.

(2)The long-term business categories in question are—

(a)assets which are matched to BLAGAB liabilities of the company,

(b)assets which are matched to other long-term business liabilities of the company,

(c)assets which are held by the company for the purposes of any with-profits fund but which are not matched to its long-term business liabilities, and

(d)assets which are held for the purposes of the company’s long-term business but which are not matched to its long-term business liabilities or held by it for the purposes of any with-profits funds.

(3)If the company has more than one with-profits fund within subsection (2)(c), the assets which are held by it for the purposes of a particular fund but which are not matched to its long-term business liabilities are treated as assets within a separate long-term business category.

(4)Subsection (1) does not apply if all the income of the company’s long-term business is chargeable to corporation tax on income under section 35 of CTA 2009.

(5)If, at any time in a period of account of a UK life insurance company, an asset (or a part of an asset) held by the company—

(a)ceases to be within a category set out in subsection (6), and

(b)comes within the other category set out there,

the company is treated for the purposes of corporation tax as if it had disposed of and immediately re-acquired the asset (or part) for a consideration equal to the fair value of the asset (or part) at that time.

(6)The categories in question are—

(a)assets which are held for the purposes of the company’s long-term business, and

(b)other assets.

117Overseas life insurance companies: rule corresponding to s.116

(1)If, at any time in a period of account of an overseas life insurance company, an asset (or a part of an asset) held by the company—

(a)ceases to be within one of the UK long-term business categories, and

(b)comes within another of those categories,

the company is treated for the purposes of corporation tax on chargeable gains as if it had disposed of and immediately re-acquired the asset (or part) at that time for a consideration equal to the fair value of the asset (or part) at that time.

(2)The UK long-term business categories in question are—

(a)UK assets which are matched to BLAGAB liabilities of the company,

(b)UK assets which are matched to other long-term business liabilities of the company,

(c)UK assets which are held by the company for the purposes of any with-profits fund but which are not matched to its long-term business liabilities, and

(d)UK assets which are held for the purposes of the company’s long-term business but which are not matched to its long-term business liabilities or held by it for the purposes of any with-profits funds.

(3)If the company has more than one with-profits fund within subsection (2)(c), the UK assets which are held by it for the purposes of a particular fund but which are not matched to its long-term business liabilities are treated as assets within a separate UK long-term business category.

(4)Subsection (1) does not apply if all the income of the company’s long-term business is chargeable to corporation tax on income under section 35 of CTA 2009.

(5)If, at any time in a period of account of an overseas life insurance company, an asset (or a part of an asset) held by the company—

(a)ceases to be within a category set out in subsection (6), and

(b)comes within another category set out there,

the company is treated for the purposes of corporation tax as if it had disposed of and immediately re-acquired the asset (or part) for a consideration equal to the fair value of the asset (or part) at that time.

(6)The categories in question are—

(a)UK assets which are held for the purposes of the company’s long-term business,

(b)other UK assets, and

(c)assets which are held by the company but which are not UK assets.

(7)For the purposes of this section and section 118, assets (whether situated in the United Kingdom or elsewhere) are “UK assets” of an overseas life insurance company if, in accordance with the provision made by or under Chapter 4 of Part 2 of CTA 2009, they fall to be attributed to the permanent establishment in the United Kingdom through which the company carries on life assurance business.

118Transfers of business and transfers within a group

(1)If—

(a)as a result of an insurance business transfer scheme transferring long-term business, a UK life insurance company or an overseas life insurance company acquires an asset, and

(b)the asset (or part of it) is within one of the applicable categories at the time immediately before the acquisition but is not within that category immediately after that time,

the transferor is treated for the purposes of corporation tax on chargeable gains as if it had disposed of and immediately re-acquired the asset (or part) at the time immediately before the acquisition.

(2)The consideration for this deemed disposal and re-acquisition is equal to the fair value of the asset (or part) at that time.

(3)If the transferor or the transferee is an overseas life insurance company, an asset (or part of an asset) is taken as being in the same category immediately before and after the acquisition if the asset (or part)—

(a)was within one category immediately before the acquisition, and

(b)was within a corresponding category immediately after the acquisition.

(4)Subsections (1) to (3) do not apply if all the income of the long-term business of either the transferor or the transferee is chargeable to corporation tax on income under section 35 of CTA 2009.

(5)For the purposes of subsections (1) to (3) “the applicable categories” means—

(a)in the case of a UK life insurance company, the long-term business categories or a category of assets which are not held for the purposes of its long-term business, and

(b)in the case of an overseas life insurance company, the UK long-term business categories, a category of UK assets which are not held for the purposes of its long-term business or a category of assets which are held by it but which are not UK assets.

(6)If—

(a)a UK life insurance company or an overseas life insurance company disposes of or acquires an asset (or part of an asset),

(b)immediately before or after doing so, the asset (or part) is within the applicable category, and

(c)section 171 or 173 of TCGA 1992 (transfers within a group) would, but for this subsection, apply to the disposal or acquisition,

that section does not apply to the disposal or acquisition.

(7)For the purposes of subsection (6) “the applicable category” means—

(a)in the case of a UK life insurance company, the category of assets which are held for the purposes of its long-term business, and

(b)in the case of an overseas life insurance company, the category of UK assets which are held for the purposes of its long-term business.

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