Land tax transaction fees (FOI)
Land tax transaction fees (FOI)Produced by the Freedom of Information office
Authored by Government of Jersey and published on 26 April 2019.
Prepared internally, no external costs.
Please provide a list of the properties that have been conveyed in the last five years by way of share transfer, (i.e. those that are not discoverable in the Public Registry), that have attracted a Land Transaction Tax fee in excess of £300,000.
Please further specify the precise fee paid in respect of each of these properties.
A and B
A response to this request could result in the identification of the person(s) behind the property conveyance transactions and as such will release personal information in respect of those person(s).
Members of Revenue Jersey are prohibited from disclosing information by virtue of Part 3 and Schedule 1 to the Income Tax (Jersey) Law 1961 whereby the Comptroller and Officers of that department take an Oath of Office before the Royal Court which provides, inter alia, that:
“you will not disclose any information which may come to your knowledge in the performance of your duties, except to such persons only as shall act in execution of the said laws and where it shall be necessary to disclose the same to them for the purposes of the said laws, or in so far as you may be required to disclose the same for the purposes or in the course of a prosecution for an offence against the said laws.”
Therefore, the information requested is absolutely exempt information under Article 29 of the Freedom of Information (Jersey) Law 2011, as the disclosure of the information by the Scheduled Public Authority holding it is prohibited by or under an enactment.
Article 29 Other prohibitions or restrictions
Information is absolutely exempt information if the disclosure of the information by the scheduled public authority holding it –
(a) is prohibited by or under an enactment;
(b) is incompatible with a European Union or an international obligation that applies to Jersey; or
(c) would constitute or be punishable as a contempt of court.