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SCHEDULE 36
 
  NEW SCHEDULE 3A TO THE VALUE ADDED TAX ACT 1994
      The Schedule inserted after Schedule 3 to the Value Added Tax Act 1994 is as follows:
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
"Schedule 3A
 
REGISTRATION IN RESPECT OF DISPOSALS OF ASSETS FOR WHICH A VAT REPAYMENT IS CLAIMED
 
Liability to be registered
     1. - (1) A person who is not registered under this Act, and is not liable to be registered under Schedule 1, 2 or 3, becomes liable to be registered under this Schedule at any time-
 
 
    (a) if he makes relevant supplies; or
 
    (b) if there are reasonable grounds for believing that he will make such supplies in the period of 30 days then beginning.
      (2) A person shall be treated as having become liable to be registered under this Schedule at any time when he would have become so liable under sub-paragraph (1) above but for any registration which is subsequently cancelled under paragraph 6(2) below, paragraph 13(3) of Schedule 1, paragraph 6(2) of Schedule 2 or paragraph 6(3) of Schedule 3.
 
      (3) A person shall not cease to be liable to be registered under this Schedule except in accordance with paragraph 2 below.
 
     2. A person who has become liable to be registered under this Schedule shall cease to be so liable at any time if the Commissioners are satisfied that he has ceased to make relevant supplies.
 
 
Notification of liability and registration
     3. - (1) A person who becomes liable to be registered by virtue of paragraph 1(1)(a) above shall notify the Commissioners of the liability before the end of the period of 30 days beginning with the day on which the liability arises.
 
      (2) The Commissioners shall register any such person (whether or not he so notifies them) with effect from the beginning of the day on which the liability arises.
 
     4. - (1) A person who becomes liable to be registered by virtue of paragraph 1(1)(b) above shall notify the Commissioners of the liability before the end of the period by reference to which the liability arises.
 
      (2) The Commissioners shall register any such person (whether or not he so notifies them) with effect from the beginning of the period by reference to which the liability arises.
 
 
Notification of end of liability
     5. - (1) Subject to sub-paragraph (2) below, a person registered under paragraph 3 or 4 above who ceases to make or have the intention of making relevant supplies shall notify the Commissioners of that fact within 30 days of the day on which he does so.
 
      (2) Sub-paragraph (1) above does not apply if the person would, when he so ceases, be otherwise liable or entitled to be registered under this Act if his registration and any enactment preventing a person from being liable to be registered under different provisions at the same time were disregarded.
 
 
Cancellation of registration
     6. - (1) Subject to sub-paragraph (3) below, where the Commissioners are satisfied that a registered person has ceased to be liable to be registered under this Schedule, they may cancel his registration with effect from the day on which he so ceased or from such later date as may be agreed between them and him.
 
      (2) Where the Commissioners are satisfied that on the day on which a registered person was registered he was not registrable, they may cancel his registration with effect from that day.
 
      (3) The Commissioners shall not under sub-paragraph (1) above cancel a person's registration with effect from any time unless they are satisfied that it is not a time when that person would be subject to a requirement, or entitled, to be registered under this Act.
 
      (4) In determining for the purposes of sub-paragraph (3) above whether a person would be subject to a requirement, or entitled, to be registered at any time, so much of any provision of this Act as prevents a person from becoming liable or entitled to be registered when he is already registered or when he is so liable under any other provision shall be disregarded.
 
 
Exemption from registration
     7. - (1) Notwithstanding the preceding provisions of this Schedule, where a person who makes or intends to make relevant supplies satisfies the Commissioners that any such supply is zero-rated or would be zero-rated if he were a taxable person, they may, if he so requests and they think fit, exempt him from registration under this Schedule.
 
      (2) Where there is a material change in the nature of the supplies made by a person exempted under this paragraph from registration under this Schedule, he shall notify the Commissioners of the change-
 
 
    (a) within 30 days of the date on which the change occurred; or
 
    (b) if no particular date is identifiable as the day on which it occurred, within 30 days of the end of the quarter in which it occurred.
      (3) Where there is a material alteration in any quarter in the proportion of relevant supplies of such a person that are zero-rated, he shall notify the Commissioners of the alteration within 30 days of the end of the quarter.
 
      (4) If it appears to the Commissioners that a request under sub-paragraph (1) above should no longer have been acted upon on or after any day, or has been withdrawn on any day, they shall register the person who made the request with effect from that day.
 
 
Supplementary
     8. Any notification required under this Schedule shall be made in such form and shall contain such particulars as the Commissioners may by regulations prescribe.
 
     9. - (1) For the purposes of this Schedule a supply of goods is a relevant supply where-
 
 
    (a) the supply is a taxable supply;
 
    (b) the goods are assets of the business in the course or furtherance of which they are supplied; and
 
    (c) the person by whom they are supplied, or a predecessor of his, has received or claimed, or is intending to claim, a repayment of VAT on the supply to him, or the importation by him, of the goods or of anything comprised in them.
      (2) In relation to any goods, a person is the predecessor of another for the purposes of this paragraph if-
 
 
    (a) that other person is a person to whom he has transferred assets of his business by a transfer of that business, or part of it, as a going concern;
 
    (b) those assets consisted of or included those goods; and
 
    (c) the transfer of the assets is one falling by virtue of an order under section 5(3) (or under an enactment re-enacted in section 5(3)) to be treated as neither a supply of goods nor a supply of services;
       and the reference in this paragraph to a person's predecessor includes references to the predecessors of his predecessor through any number of transfers.
 
      (3) The reference in this paragraph to a repayment of VAT is a reference to such a repayment under a scheme embodied in regulations made under section 39.."
 
     
 
 
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