UK Real Estate Investment Trust ("REIT")
Shaftesbury Capital PLC is a Real Estate Investment Trust. The company was previously called Capital & Counties Properties PLC, and the Company converted to a REIT on 9 December 2019. It maintains its primary listing status on the London Stock Exchange and secondary listing status on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.
Capital & Counties Properties PLC merged with Shaftesbury PLC (which was also a REIT) on 6 March 2023.
A REIT is a UK listed property investment company, which is exempt from UK corporation tax on income profits and capital gains that arise from its qualifying property rental business (subject to certain conditions being met, as set out in the UK REIT legislation). This regime was introduced in the UK with effect from 1 January 2007 although similar regimes exist in other countries including the USA and Australia.
As a UK REIT, Shaftesbury Capital is required to distribute at least 90 per cent. of its tax exempt property rental profits to shareholders as Property Income Distributions (“PIDs”). The taxation of a PID differs from the tax treatment of normal dividends (“Non-PID”).
PIDs are generally treated in the hands of shareholders as UK property rental profits and will be paid to shareholders net of withholding tax (basic rate UK income tax which is 20 per cent for the 2022/23 tax year). In general, the withholding tax provisions on PIDs will apply to all individual and non-UK resident shareholders (some non-UK resident shareholders may be able to apply for the repayment in whole or in part of tax deducted, pursuant to the application of a relevant double taxation convention).
Certain classes of shareholder can receive PIDs gross. The categories of shareholder which generally qualify for exemption from the REIT UK withholding tax includes:
- UK Companies
- Local Authorities
- UK Pension Schemes
- Managers of PEPs
- ISAs and Child Trust Funds
An exemption from the application of withholding tax to PIDs can be claimed by completing the relevant declaration form below and returning it to Shaftesbury Capital’s UK registrar:
29 Wellington Street,
Leeds LS1 4DL
Although REITs do not pay corporation tax on profits and gains from UK qualifying property rental business, they remain liable to corporation tax on non-property investment business including rent or profits on the sale of trading properties.
Any distributions from Shaftesbury Capital’s residual (non-exempt) business will continue to be paid as normal dividends (“Non-PIDs”). PIDs and Non-PIDs can take the form of cash or scrip dividend alternative where offered.
Information on taxation of UK and South African shareholders under the REIT regime can be downloaded here. This information is included only as a general guide for shareholders based on the Company's understanding of the law and the practice in force at the date stated on the document, and Shaftesbury Capital accepts no liability for its contents. Shareholders should seek independent tax advice if they are in any doubt of the implications of Shaftesbury Capital’s REIT status on their tax position.