Autumn Statement 2013 – Buying Corporate Tax Losses – new rules for Holding Companies

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Jan 242014
 

There has been a welcome amendment to the rules that prevent the carry forward of corporate tax losses where there have been significant changes to the underlying business activities. The rules apply when a company undergoes a change of ownership, and they make perfect sense in the context of a company takeover.

However, one would not expect tax losses to be restricted when the corporate group has undergone an internal restructuring. There is less justification for this, given that a restructuring doesn’t usually result in a change in the underlying economic ownership of the assets involved.

And indeed, as we shall see, the rules don’t apply when the target is a subsidiary that is being transferred from one group company to another. Unfortunately, the exception doesn’t extend to the introduction of a new holding company.

This situation is to be remedied in the next Finance Act. The changes will take effect from 1 April 2014. Continue reading »

Dec 192013
 

One of the welcome changes in the recent Autumn Statement is the classification of a REIT as an institutional investor for the purpose of the “close company” test. This will hopefully make it easier for REITs – both foreign and domestic – to invest in other REITs.

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Autumn Statement 2013 Venture Capital Trusts and Share Buybacks

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Dec 172013
 

New rules are being introduced to restrict upfront relief, where an investor sells his shares back to the VCT and uses the proceeds to subscribe for another shareholding. In this way, one can have a series of share subscriptions, each one giving rise to tax relief, but with no fresh money actually going into the system and finding its way towards the high growth companies that the VCT scheme is intended to benefit.

Rules to restrict upfront relief in a share buyback situation were first mooted in the Consultation Paper earlier this summer. We now have some draft legislation, so it is now possible to explore in more detail, just how these new rules will apply.

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