Finance Act, 1990

Tax treatment of securities issued at a discount.

138.—(1) In this section—

“owner”, in relation to securities, means, at any time, the person who would be entitled, if the securities were redeemed at that time by the issuer, to the proceeds of the redemption;

“securities” means—

(a) non-interest-bearing securities issued by the Minister for Finance at a discount, including Exchequer Bills and Exchequer Notes, and

(b) Agricultural Commodities Intervention Bills issued by the Minister for Agriculture;

“tax” means income tax or corporation tax, as appropriate.

(2) Section 28 of the Finance Act, 1984 , is hereby amended, as respects issues of securities which are made after the passing of this Act, by the substitution of the following subsections for subsection (2)—

“(2) This section applies to securities within the meaning of section 138 of the Finance Act, 1990.

(3) Where the owner of a security (being the owner within the meaning of section 138 of the Finance Act, 1990)—

(a) sells or otherwise disposes of the security, or

(b) receives on redemption of the security an amount greater than the amount paid by him for that security either on its issue or otherwise,

any profit, gain or excess arising to the owner from such sale, disposal or receipt shall be exempt from tax (within the meaning of the said section 138 ) where the said owner is not ordinarily resident in the State:

Provided that this subsection shall not apply in respect of corporation tax chargeable on the income of an Irish branch or agency of a company not resident in the State.”.