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Covid-19 has forced HMRC to adopt electronic means of processing stamp duty on documents that transfer shares. Could HMRC be convinced to make these temporary measures permanent? 
Emily McCarthy and Callum Fowers (Hogan Lovells) look at where the EU prohibition of charging 1.5% SDRT on an issue of shares to clearance services and depositary receipt systems stands in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
The UK government published a consultation document setting out proposals for further changes to the calculation of consideration for stamp duty and SDRT purposes. Dominic Stuttaford and Greg Branagan (Norton RoseFulbright) review the proposals.
Dominic Foulkes and Jonathan Cooklin (Davis Polk) share their approach to understanding some of the tax issues.

Lydia Challen (Allen & Overy) reviews the provisions of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill and explains how they apply to tax.

HMRC is consulting until 3 February 2016 on draft legislation for Finance Bill 2016 which seeks to counter avoidance arising on the transfer of shares using ‘deep in the money’ options (DITMOs) by charging the 1.5% higher rate of stamp duty or SDRT on the higher of the market value or the option

Ashley Greenbank (Macfarlanes) examines the draft regulations issued following the Autumn Statement announcement to prevent the use of cancellation schemes as a means of reducing stamp duty and SDRT costs on takeovers

As announced in the Autumn Statement, the government has published draft regulations (The Companies Act 2006 (Amendment of Part 17) Regulations, SI 2015/Draft) to prevent companies avoiding stamp taxes by carrying out takeovers using cancellation schemes of arrangement.

Toby Price and Martin Walker (Deloitte) consider the potential stamp tax traps arising on IPOs, including pre-IPO reorganisations and overallotment (or greenshoe) options, as well as offering practical solutions

Recent changes to the SDRT regime go against the drive to make UK asset management industry more competitive, writes Suzi Edwards, senior manager at PwC