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Finance Act 2014

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23.This exemption has been introduced to support the Government’s policy of encouraging growth in smaller companies.

24.Transfers of shares and securities of UK registered companies on sale generally attract stamp duty or SDRT charges at the rate of 0.5 per cent. Stamp duty is charged if the transfer is effected by the execution of a written instrument. SDRT applies to transfers in respect of which no written instrument is executed.

25.The new provisions ensure that transfers of shares and securities admitted to trading on markets specifically designed for smaller companies, or for companies that can demonstrate a sustained record of growth, will no longer attract stamp tax charges.

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