Finance Act 1986

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
Citation1986 c. 41


Finance Act 1986

1986 CHAPTER 41

An Act to grant certain duties, to alter other duties, and to amend the law relating to the National Debt and the Public Revenue, and to make further provision in connection with Finance.

[25th July 1986]

Most Gracious Sovereign,

W e , Your Majesty's most dutiful and loyal subjects, the Commons of the United Kingdom in Parliament assembled, towards raising the necessary supplies to defray Your Majesty's public expenses, and making an addition to the public revenue, have freely and voluntarily resolved to give and grant unto your Majesty the several duties hereinafter mentioned; and do therefore most humbly beseech Your Majesty that it may be enacted, and be it enacted by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

I Customs and Excise and Value Added Tax

Part I

Customs and Excise and Value Added Tax

Chapter I

Customs and Excise

The rates of duty

The rates of duty

S-1 Tobacco products.

1 Tobacco products.

(1) For the Table in Schedule 1 to the Tobacco Products Duty Act 1979 there shall be substituted—

‘Table

1. Cigarettes

An amount equal to 21 per cent. of the retail price plus 30.61 per thousand cigarettes.

2. Cigars 47.05 per kilogram.
3. Hand-rolling tobacco 49.64 per kilogram.

4. Other smoking tobacco and chewing tobacco

24.95 per kilogram.’

(2) This section shall be deemed to have come into force on 21st March 1986.

S-2 Hydrocarbon oil.

2 Hydrocarbon oil.

(1) In section 6(1) of the Hydrocarbon Oil Duties Act 1979 for ‘0.1794’ (light oil) and ‘0.1515’ (heavy oil) there shall be substituted ‘0.1938’ and ‘0.1639’ respectively.

(2) In subsection (1) of section 11 of that Act (rebate on heavy oil) for paragraphs ( a ) and ( b ) there shall be substituted—

‘( a ) in the case of fuel oil, of 0.0077 a litre less than the rate at which the duty is for the time being chargeable;

( b ) in the case of gas oil, of 0.0110 a litre less than the rate at which the duty is for the time being chargeable; and

( c ) in the case of heavy oil other than fuel oil and gas oil, equal to the rate at which the duty is for the time being chargeable.’

(3) For subsection (2) of section 11 of that Act (definition of types of heavy oil), there shall be substituted—

(2) In this section—

'fuel oil' means heavy oil which contains in solution an amount of asphaltenes of not less than 0.5 per cent. or which contains less than 0.5 per cent. but not less than 0.1 per cent. of asphaltenes and has a closed flash point not exceeding 150C; and

'gas oil' means heavy oil of which not more than 50 per cent. by volume distils at a temperature not exceeding 240C and of which more than 50 per cent. by volume distils at a temperature not exceeding 340C.’

(4) This section shall be deemed to have come into force at 6 o'clock in the evening of 18th March 1986.

S-3 Vehicles excise duty.

3 Vehicles excise duty.

(1) The Vehicles (Excise) Act 1971 and the Vehicles (Excise) Act (Northern Ireland) 1972 shall be amended in accordance with this section.

(2) For Part II of Schedule 2 to each of the Acts of 1971 and 1972 (annual rates of duty on hackney carriages) there shall be substituted the provisions set out in Part I of Schedule 1 to this Act.

(3) In Schedule 4 to each of the Acts of 1971 and 1972 (annual rates of duty on goods vehicles)—

( a ) in Part I, in sub-paragraph (2) of paragraph 6 (farmer's goods vehicle or showman's goods vehicle having a plated gross weight or a plated train weight) in paragraph ( b ) (weight exceeding 7.5 tonnes but not exceeding 12 tonnes) for ‘135’ (which applies to farmers' goods vehicles only) there shall be substituted ‘155’: and

( b ) in Part II, for Tables A(1), C(1) and D(1) (rates for farmers' goods vehicles having plated weight exceeding 12 tonnes) there shall be substituted the Tables set out in Part II of Schedule 1 to this Act.

(4) In section 16 of the Act of 1971, in subsection (5) (annual rates of duty for trade licences), including that subsection as set out in paragraph 12 of Part I of Schedule 7 to that Act, for ‘46’ and ‘9’ there shall be substituted respectively ‘70’ and ‘14’.

(5) In section 16 of the Act of 1972, in subsection (6) (annual rates of duty for trade licences), including that subsection as set out in paragraph 12 of Part I of Schedule 9 to that Act, for ‘46’ and ‘9’ there shall be substituted respectively ‘70’ and ‘14’.

(6) Subsections (2) and (3) above apply in relation to licences taken out after 18th March 1986; and subsections (4) and (5) above apply in relation to licences taken out after 31st December 1986.

(7) The Act of 1971 shall have effect subject to the further amendments in Part I of Schedule 2 to this Act; and the Act of 1972 shall have effect subject to the further amendments in Part II of that Schedule.

(8) The amendments made by paragraphs 4 and 9 of Schedule 2 to this Act shall not come into force until 1st January 1987; and the amendments made by paragraphs 5 and 10 of that Schedule shall not have effect with respect to the surrender of licences taken out before that date.

Other provisions

Other provisions

S-4 Beer duty: minor amendments.

4 Beer duty: minor amendments.

(1) In subsection (2) of section 46 of the Alcoholic Liquor Duties Act 1979 (remission or repayment of duty on beer which, having been removed from entered premises, has accidentally become spoilt or otherwise unfit for use)—

( a ) the word ‘accidentally’ shall be omitted; and

( b ) after the words ‘subject to’ there shall be inserted ‘subsection (2A) below and to’;

and at the end of that subsection there shall be inserted the following subsection—

(2A) For the purpose of determining the amount of duty to be remitted or repaid under subsection (2) above in respect of any beer, it shall be assumed that, at any material time, the worts of the beer had an original gravity of one degree less than they actually had and that duty on the beer was charged accordingly.’

(2) After section 49 of the Alcoholic Liquor Duties Act 1979 there shall be inserted the following section—

S-49A

49A ‘Drawback allowable to brewer for sale.

(1) For the purpose of any claim for drawback by a brewer for sale in respect of duty charged on beer, duty which has been determined in accordance with regulations under section 49(1)( bb ) above shall be deemed to be duty which has been paid (whether or not it is in fact paid by the time the claim is made).

(2) Subject to such conditions as the Commissioners see fit to impose, drawback allowable to a brewer for sale in respect of beer may be set against any amount to which the brewer is chargeable under section 38 above and, in relation to a brewer for sale, any reference in this Act or the Management Act to drawback payable shall be construed accordingly.’

S-5 Warehousing regulations.

5 Warehousing regulations.

Schedule 3 to this Act (which contains amendments about warehousing regulations) shall have effect.

S-6 Betting duties and bingo duty in Northern Ireland.

6 Betting duties and bingo duty in Northern Ireland.

(1) The Betting and Gaming Duties Act 1981 (in this section referred to as ‘the 1981 Act’) shall have effect subject to the amendments in Part I of Schedule 4 to this Act, being amendments designed to extend to Northern Ireland—

( a ) the provisions of the 1981 Act relating to general betting duty and pool betting duty (in place of the provisions of Part III of the Miscellaneous Transferred Excise Duties Act (Northern Ireland) 1972 relating to those duties); and

( b ) the provisions of the 1981 Act relating to bingo duty.

(2) Part II of Schedule 4 to this Act shall have effect for the purpose of making consequential amendments of certain Northern Ireland legislation; and Part III of that Schedule shall have effect for the purpose of extending to Northern Ireland certain subordinate legislation made under the 1981 Act.

(3) Schedule 4 to this Act,—

( a ) so far as it relates to general betting duty or pool betting duty, shall come into force on the betting commencement date, but shall not have effect in relation to duty in respect of bets made before that date; and

( b ) so far as it relates to bingo duty, shall come into force on the bingo commencement date, but shall not impose any charge to duty in respect of bingo played in Northern Ireland before that date.

(4) Part III of the Miscellaneous Transferred Excise Duties Act (Northern Ireland) 1972 shall cease to have effect on the betting commencement date except in relation to duty in respect of bets made before that date.

(5) In this section and Schedule 4 to this Act—

‘the betting commencement date’ means 29th September 1986 or, if later, the day appointed for the coming into operation of Part II (betting) of the Betting, Gaming, Lotteries and Amusements (Northern Ireland) Order 1985 ; and

‘the bingo commencement date’ means 29th September 1986 or, if later, the day appointed for the coming into operation of Chapter II of Part III (gaming on bingo club premises) of that Order.

S-7 Betting and gaming duties: evidence by certificate, etc.

7 Betting and gaming duties: evidence by certificate, etc.

After section 29 of the Betting and Gaming Duties Act 1981there shall be inserted the following section—

S-29A

29A ‘Evidence by certificate, etc.

(1) A certificate of the Commissioners—

( a ) that any notice required by or under this Act to be given to them...

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