7.1 Beneficial owners of land or buildings

For VAT purposes, a beneficial owner who directly receives the benefit of the proceeds from selling, leasing or letting land or buildings is treated as being the person selling, leasing or letting the land or buildings. This is the case even though that person is not the legal owner. An example of this is a bare trust where a trustee is the legal owner of the land, but the beneficial ownership belongs to another person. The beneficial owner is treated as the person making the grant.

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