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Finance Act 2012

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129Intra-group transfers and demutualisation
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(1)This section applies if—

(a)under an insurance business transfer scheme, there is a transfer of basic life assurance and general annuity business (or any part of that business) from one insurance company to another, and

(b)the transfer is a relevant intra-group transfer or is in connection with a demutualisation.

(2)A transfer is a “relevant intra-group transfer” if—

(a)the transferor and transferee are members of the same group of companies when the transfer occurs, and

(b)the transferee is within the charge to corporation tax in relation to the transfer.

(3)A transfer is “in connection with a demutualisation” if—

(a)it is for the purposes of the conversion of a company (under the law of any territory) from one without share capital to one with share capital (without any change of legal personality), or

(b)it is a transfer by a mutual life insurance company of all, or substantially all, of its basic life assurance and general annuity business to an insurance company which is not a mutual life insurance company,

and for the purposes of paragraph (b) a “mutual life insurance company” means an insurance company which carries on mutual life assurance business.

(4)For the purpose of calculating the BLAGAB trade profit or loss of the transferor for any accounting period, any amount in respect of the transfer that is debited or credited in accounts drawn up by the transferor in accordance with generally accepted accounting practice is to be ignored.

(5)For the purpose of calculating the BLAGAB trade profit or loss of the transferee for any accounting period, any amount in respect of the transfer that is debited or credited in accounts drawn up by the transferee in accordance with generally accepted accounting practice is to be ignored.

(6)But if there is a difference between—

(a)the net amount recognised by the transferee in respect of the transfer of contracts of long-term insurance or contracts made in the course of capital redemption business, and

(b)the net amount recognised by the transferor in respect of the transfer of those contracts,

the amount of the difference is to be taken into account for the purpose of calculating the BLAGAB trade profit or loss of the transferee for the accounting period in which those contracts are transferred.

(7)The difference is to be taken into account—

(a)as a receipt (if, when added to the net amount in subsection (6)(b), the result is the net amount in subsection (6)(a)), and

(b)as an expense (if, when subtracted from the net amount in subsection (6)(b), the result is the net amount in subsection (6)(a)).

(8)The net amount recognised by an insurance company in respect of the transfer of the contracts is determined by subtracting—

(a)the total amount in respect of liabilities relating to the contracts that is or would be recognised for the purposes of a balance sheet drawn up at the relevant time by the company in accordance with generally accepted accounting practice, from

(b)the total amount in respect of assets relating to the contracts that is or would be recognised for those purposes,

and “the relevant time” means the time immediately before the transfer (in the case of the transferor) and the time immediately after it (in the case of the transferee).

(9)The Treasury may by order amend any of subsections (6) to (8).

(10)This section does not apply to any amount that arises in respect of a transfer so far as the transfer consists of a with-profits fund transfer.

The reference here to a with-profits fund transfer is a reference to—

(a)a transfer of business from a with-profits fund to a fund that is not a with-profits fund, or

(b)a transfer of business from a fund that is not a with-profits fund to a with-profits fund.

(11)If this section applies, the provisions of Part 4 of TIOPA 2010 (transfer pricing) do not apply.

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