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Revenue Act 1903

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Part ICustoms and Excise

1Molasses used for food for stock.

(1)Molasses imported into Great Britain or Ireland shall not he liable to duty under section two of the Finance Act, 1901, if it is to be used solely for the purpose of food for stock and such conditions are complied with in respect thereof as to proof, security, and otherwise as may be imposed by the Commissioners of Customs for the purpose of protecting the revenue.

(2)An allowance at the rate of one shilling per hundredweight shall be made to a refiner on molasses produced in Great Britain or Ireland from sugar on which duty has been paid on importation if the molasses is to be used solely for the purpose of food for stock and such conditions are complied with in respect thereof as to proof, security, and otherwise as may be imposed by the Commissioners of Customs or Commissioners of Inland Revenue, as the case requires, for the purpose of protecting the revenue.

(3)If any person acts in contravention of any condition imposed by the Commissioners of Customs or Commissioners of Inland Revenue under this section, that person shall in respect of each offence be liable to a penalty not exceeding fifty pounds.

2Extension of 1 Edw.7 c.7 as to manufacture of saccharin.

Section nine of the Finance Act, 1901 (which relates to regulations as to excise duty on glucose, &c), shall (so far as it does not already so apply) apply to saccharin, including substances of a like nature or use, as it applies to glucose, and the Commissioners of Inland Revenue may make regulations under that section as to the manufacture, storage, and warehousing without payment of duty of saccharin, and for requiring that the premises in which saccharin is manufactured, warehoused, or stored are approved by them and properly secured.

3Charge of duty on actual quantity of sugar, &c. cleared from warehouse.

The provisions of section ninety-eight of the Customs Consolidation Act, 1876, which relate to the charging of duty upon the quantity of goods ascertained by weight, measure, or strength at the time of actual delivery thereof, shall apply to sugar and molasses when cleared from the warehouse for home use, as they apply to the specially excepted goods mentioned in that section.

4Provisions as to warehouses.

(1)A distiller's warehouse may he provided by the distiller under section forty-nine of the Spirits Act, 1880, either within or without the premises upon which the spirits are distilled, but if the warehouse is not within those premises, the Commissioners may attach to their approval of the warehouse such conditions as they think fit, and if those conditions are not for the time being observed, the warehouse shall be deemed to be a warehouse not approved by the Commissioners.

(2)Goods may be warehoused, under section eighteen of the Customs and Inland Revenue Act, 1881, in an Excise warehouse if the warehouse is approved by the Commissioners of Inland Revenue, and, if an Excise warehouse is so approved, the approval of the Treasury shall not be required.

Part IIStamps

5Payment of duty on the capital of companies.

The statement of the amount of any increase of registered capital of any company registered under the Companies Acts, 1862 to 1900, which is required by section one hundred and twelve of the Stamp Act, 1891, to be delivered to the Registrar of Joint Stock Companies shall be delivered duly stamped with the duty charged thereon within fifteen days after the passing of the resolution by which the registered capital is increased, and, in default of that delivery, the duty with interest thereon at the rate of five per cent. per annum from the passing of the resolution shall be a debt to His Majesty recoverable from the company.

6Exemption from stamp duty of security on export of coal.

Any bond or notice given with reference to the exportation of coal or the carriage of coal coastwise for the purpose of the security required under section one hundred and four of the Customs Consolidation Act, 1876, or under the Fourth Schedule to the Finance Act, 1901, shall be exempt from stamp duty, and may be received and acted upon, although not stamped.

7Reduction of stamp duty in the case of substituted securities.

The whole amount of duty payable under or by reference to paragraph (2) of the heading "Mortgage Bond, Debenture, Covenant, and "Warrant of Attorney " in the First Schedule to the Stamp Act, 1891, on any instrument being a collateral, or auxiliary, or additional, or substituted security, or by way of further assurance, shall not exceed ten shillings.

8Stamping of policies of insurance on ships under construction, &c.

A policy of insurance made or purporting to be made upon or to cover any ship or vessel, or the machinery or fittings belonging to the ship or vessel whilst under construction, or repair, or on trial, shall be sufficiently stamped for the purposes of the Stamp Act, 1891, and the Acts amending that Act, if stamped as a policy of sea insurance made for a voyage, and though made for a time exceeding twelve months shall not be deemed to be a policy of sea insurance made for time.

9Repeal of stamp duty on commissions in army and navy.

Stamp duty shall cease to be chargeable on commissions to officers in the army, royal marines, or navy.

Part IIITaxes

10Income tax allowance on friendly societies insurance premiums.

(1)The proviso to section one of the Income Tax (Insurance) Act, 1855 (which limits the income tax allowances for premiums in respect of insurances with, friendly societies), shall cease to have effect, but, where the premiums payable in respect of any insurance to which that section extends are made for shorter periods than three months, the production of a certificate signed by an officer of the society to the surveyor of taxes for the district specifying the correct amount of premiums paid during the year shall be a condition of obtaining relief under that section.

(2)If any person wilfully gives or produces a false certificate under this section he shall forfeit the sum of fifty pounds, and that sum may be recovered as a penalty under section twenty-one of the Taxes Management Act, 1880.

11Inhabited house duty on houses let in tenements or flats.

(1)Where a house, so far as it is used as a dwellinghouse, is used for the sole purpose of providing separate dwellings,—

(a)The value of any dwelling in the house which is of an annual value below twenty pounds shall be excluded from the annual value of the house for the purposes of inhabited house duty; and

(b)The rate of inhabited house duty in respect of any dwelling in the house of an annual value of twenty pounds but not exceeding forty pounds shall be reduced to threepence; and

(c)The rate of inhabited house duty in respect of any dwelling in the house of an annual value exceeding forty pounds but not exceeding sixty pounds shall be reduced to sixpence.

(2)The provisions of this section as respects dwellings of an annual value not exceeding forty pounds shall not take effect with regard to any such dwelling unless such a certificate as to accommodation and sanitary condition is produced to the General Commissioners as defined by section five of the Taxes Management Act, 1880, as is mentioned in subsection (2) of section twenty-six of the Customs and Inland Revenue Act, 1890, and the provisions of that subsection as to the certificate shall apply for the purpose.

12Provision as to property in Scotland on the boundary of general tax Commissioners' areas.

Where any lands and heritages in Scotland are partly in the jurisdiction of one body of general Commissioners and partly in the jurisdiction of another, or where it is desirable for the convenience of assessment to transfer any lands and heritages from the jurisdiction of one body of general Commissioners to the jurisdiction of another such body, the Commissioners of Inland Revenue at the request of the general Commissioners concerned, shall, by order in writing, determine which body of general Commissioners shall have the jurisdiction, and the whole lands and heritages aforesaid shall be within such jurisdiction accordingly.

13Professional representation on income tax appeals.

If upon any appeal under the Income Tax Acts, the Commissioners for the general purposes of the said Acts refuse to permit a barrister or solicitor to plead before them or to hear any accountant, the appellant may, in lieu of proceeding with the appeal before them appeal to the Commissioners for the special purposes of the said Acts, and the last-mentioned Commissioners are hereby required to hear the barrister, solicitor, or accountant. The term " accountant" in this section means a person who has been admitted as a member of an incorporated society of accountants.

Part IVMiscellaneous

14Provision as to fixed duty on small estates.

Where, in the case of a person dying after the commencement of this Act, the fixed duty of thirty shillings or fifty shillings has been deposited or paid under section sixteen of the Finance Act, 1894 (which relates to the estate duty on small estates), and it is afterwards found that the gross value of the property on which estate duty is payable exceeds three hundred or five hundred pounds, as the case may be, the Commissioners of Inland Revenue, if they are satisfied that there were reasonable grounds for the original estimate of the value of the property, may (notwithstanding anything in section thirty-five of the Customs and Inland Revenue Act, 1881) allow an amount equal to the fixed duty deposited or paid to be deducted from the estate duty payable in respect of the property.

15Basis for calculation of Government annuities.

In section one of the National Debt (Supplemental) Act, 1888 (which relates to the basis for the calculation of the price of Government annuities), two and a half per cent. Consolidated stock within the meaning of the National Debt (Conversion) Act, 1888, shall as from the first day of September nineteen hundred and three be substituted for Bank annuities bearing interest at the rate of two and a half per cent. per annum.

16Regulations as to payments made by and discharges given to National Debt Commissioners.

(1)The National Debt Commissioners, with the concurrence of the Treasury, may make regulations as to the mode in which any sum payable by those Commissioners in respect of any life or other terminable annuity, or the commutation of a pension, or the draft of trustees of a savings bank or of a friendly society, or of an advance from the Local Loans Fund, may be paid, and the manner in which a valid discharge is to be given to those Commissioners for any such payment and for crediting instead of paying the interest due in respect of any sums so paid; and payments made and discharges given in accordance with those regulations shall be valid, notwithstanding anything in any other Act.

(2)Section twenty-six of the Trustee Savings Bank Act, 1863, so far as it relates to the signature and attestation of any draft or order for a sum exceeding five thousand pounds, shall cease to have effect.

17Repeal, commencement, and short title

(1)The enactments specified in the Schedule to this Act are hereby repealed to the extent mentioned in the third column of that Schedule.

(2)This Act shall come into operation on the first day of September nineteen hundred and three and may be cited as the Revenue Act, 1903.

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