Everything you need to know about the Stock Transfer

Everything you need to know about the Stock Transfer

Stock Transfer

Completing a stock transfer form

A stock transfer form transfers shares from one person to another. Stock transfers worth £1,000 or less are usually not subject to Stamp Duty.

Completing the form

  • The stock transfer form requires you to include all the information about the sale including the buyer, seller, the amount paid in cash or by way of other stock and shares, or debt, and the shares being transferred (quantity, class, and type. For example, 100 ordinary shares, ABC Limited).
  • Enter ‘Nil’ as the consideration if you do not give any payment for the shares. If you give consideration other than in money for the shares, state what you have given.
  • If the transfer is exempt from Stamp Duty, or no chargeable consideration is given for the transfer. You need to complete one of the certificates on the back of the stock transfer form. You need to complete a different certificate depending on what you paid for the shares.

Certificate 1

  • You should complete certificate 1 if the consideration you give for the shares is £1,000 or less; the transfer does not form part of a larger transaction or series of transactions where the total exceeds £1,000.

Certificate 2

  • You should complete certificate 2 on the back of the form if this transfer is exempt from Stamp Duty. For example, transfers in connection with a divorce or the dissolution of a civil partnership; the consideration is given is not chargeable consideration.
  • No certificate is neededwhen no consideration is given for the shares or if you’re claiming relief from Stamp Duty.
  • When you email your stock transfer documents to be processed you must pay the correct amount of Stamp Duty. This may include penalties and interest payments. If you’re not sure of the amount to pay you can ask HMRC for their opinion on the amount due in your email.

How to get a stamp on your form

  • Due to the temporary measures put in place to stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), you should only email an electronic copy of your stock transfer form or instrument of transfer (for example, a scanned PDF) to HMRC at stampdutymailbox@hmrc.gov.uk.
  • This form must be fully completed, signed, and dated (use the power of attorney if necessary). HMRC will accept e-signatures while coronavirus (COVID-19) measures are in place.
  • You must also include electronic versions of any agreement and supporting documents if HMRC has given a formal opinion or adjudication on how much Stamp Duty you should pay.
  • You can also email an electronic version of form SH03 to notify HMRC of the purchase of own shares by a company at stampdutymailbox@hmrc.gov.uk.
  • If you have already posted your instruments you should resubmit your notification electronically. And include the details of any payments you have made in respect of that notification. If you do not resubmit your notification electronically, your instruments will not be assessed or returned to you until temporary coronavirus (COVID-19) measures end.
  • However, the Stamp Duty must be paid before HMRC can process the stock transfer form. If your email notification without paying the Stamp Duty HMRC will contact you by email before they progress your notification.
  • You should allow HMRC 20 working days to give them time to deal with your form.

Errors that cause delays or rejection of the application

  • A stock transfer form has not been dated.
  • Stamp Duty is not rounded up to the nearest £5 on each document consideration value is not shown on the form – remember that if shares are given as consideration you’ll need to give the value of the shares

What happens next

  • Once HMRC has checked the form and confirmed receipt of payment they will send you a letter that will confirm receipt of Stamp Duty, detail the transactions we are confirming receipt for and the reference codes, give assurance that HMRC will not pursue a penalty against the Registrar for registering the new owner of the shares
  • You must send it to the registrar of the company you have bought shares in along with the stock transfer form and share certificate. The registrar will then issue you with your own share certificate. If you’re submitting a form SH03 to Companies House, you should include a copy of the letter with the certificate.

Same day stamping service

  • Our same-day stamping service is only offered under exceptional circumstances, for example, when a document has to be stamped as soon as possible due to an unfortunate or unforeseen circumstance. You must email requests for the same day’ stamping service to: stampdutymailbox@hmrc.gov.uk
  • For transactions that may need stock transfer forms stamped at short notice, please email stampdutymailbox@hmrc.gov.uk giving as much detail as possible, including the number of forms to be stamped, the reason or reasons for the request, and the amount of Stamp Duty.

Reliefs and exemptions

However, there are some share transactions that qualify for reliefs or exemptions. They can reduce the amount of Stamp Duty you pay or are exempt from Stamp Duty altogether.


If you pay too much Stamp Duty on a transaction you may be able to claim a refund within 2 years of the date of the stamped document. Therefore the documentation must be updated within 2 years of the execution to implement a refund. The Stamp Office will email you if they need more information to support your claim. A refund will be granted if the tax was paid after the refund agreement is approved, usually with interest.

CHAPS refunds

So if the refunds you’re applying for is £150,000 or more you can ask for payment by CHAPS electronic transfer. You’ll need to include your bank details with your claim.

UK shares bought from abroad

  • You still have to pay Stamp Duty and get the transfer documents stamped if you buy shares in a UK company while abroad.
  • If you do not do this within the time limits you may have to pay a penalty and interest.
  • And if you buy foreign shares you do not have to pay Stamp Duty. If however, you bring a document that transfers shares into the UK there could be a charge to Stamp Duty. There may be other foreign taxes to pay.

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Reina D'costa

Dual qualified, experienced, practical and proactive solicitor. Founder of Bizlaw UK, a new model legal service consultancy.