Corporation Tax Act, 1976


Companies' Capital Gains

Corporation tax attributable to chargeable gains: recovery from shareholder.

126.—(1) This section applies where a person who is connected with a company resident in the State, on or after the 6th day of April, 1976, receives or becomes entitled to receive in respect of shares in the company any capital distribution from the company, other than a capital distribution representing a reduction of capital, and—

(a) the capital so distributed derives from the disposal after the 5th day of April, 1976, of assets in respect of which a chargeable gain accrues to the company; or

(b) the distribution constitutes such a disposal of assets.

(2) If the corporation tax assessed on the company for the accounting period in which the chargeable gain accrues included any amount in respect of chargeable gains, and any of the tax assessed on the company for that period is not paid within six months from the date when it becomes payable by the company, the said person may by an assessment made within two years from that date be assessed and charged (in the name of the company) to an amount of that corporation tax—

(a) not exceeding the amount or value of the capital distribution which that person has received or became entitled to receive; and

(b) not exceeding a proportion equal to that person's share of the capital distribution made by the company of corporation tax on the amount and at the rate charged in respect of that gain in the assessment in which the said tax was charged.

(3) A person paying any amount of tax under this section shall be entitled to recover a sum equal to that amount from the company.

(4) The provisions of this section are without prejudice to any liability of the person receiving or becoming entitled to receive the capital distribution in respect of a chargeable gain accruing to him by reference to the capital distribution as constituting a disposal of an interest in shares in the company.

(5) In this section “capital distribution” has the same meaning as in paragraph 1 (2) of Schedule 2 to the Capital Gains Tax Act, 1975 , and “connected with” shall be construed in accordance with section 157 (connected persons).