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Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (Scotland) Act 2013

Section 36 – Declaration

98.Section 36 provides that returns must include a declaration by the buyer. Special rules as to declarations by particular types of buyer are set out in section 48(3)(b) (joint buyers), paragraph 9 of schedule 17 (partners) and paragraph 17 of schedule 18 (trustees).

99.Subsection (2) makes provision to allow agents such as solicitors to make declarations (for example using an electronic submission system) on behalf of the buyer.

100.Similarly, a declaration may be given by an attorney pursuant to a power of attorney or factory and commission, for example if a buyer is incapacitated or is out with Scotland and unable to deal with his or her affairs. The position is the same where a representative appointed by a court acts for an incapacitated person. No special provision is contained in the Act for incapacitated persons or minors. The general legal framework for assisting people who lack capacity, including the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000 (asp 4), will operate in relation to LBTT.

101.Subsection (3) sets out what is the “relevant date” for the purposes of the declaration being made under section 36.

102.Defined terms used in this section:

“effective date”section 63

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