Finance Bill 2016 – Corporate Tax, IP and Partnerships

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Jan 272016
 

In the last two Budgets, the Government did a lot of heavy tinkering with the rules on goodwill related intangibles. In the first Budget of 2015, they stopped tax relief when a company acquired such assets from a related party, and in the second, Summer Budget of 2015, they extended this treatment to unrelated parties. One would have expected the Big Bad Wolf to be satiated by now, but it seems not – Autumn Statement 2015 has given us yet another set of restrictions on intangibles related tax relief.

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Summer Budget 2015 – Goodwill Regained – but for how long?

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Aug 142015
 

In a previous article we saw how the Government spoilt everyone’s fun by abolishing corporate tax relief on goodwill when acquiring a business. But there may be a silver lining to our goodwill cloud, though how long this will last remains to be seen.

(This article can be downloaded in pdf format at Academia.edu.)

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Jul 152015
 

8140678383_b981c48d95No, it’s not really goodbye. Goodwill hasn’t gone away, it’s still there all right. A company that acquires a business is still required to write down the value of the purchased goodwill in its accounts. But from 8 July 2015, it will no longer be able to deduct the amounts written off when calculating its taxable profits.

This isn’t great news. Not great news at all – it was actually hidden away towards the bottom of the list on the relevant GOV.UK webpage. I only found it easily because I’ve got into the habit of looking for those Budget measures to be effective immediately, so I can start writing my own Budget page.

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Rollover Reliefs and the Replacement of Business Assets – Part One – Capital Assets

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Feb 092015
 

This is the first in a series of articles about asset rollovers, a tax relief available to businesses when one trade asset is exchanged for another. There are two types of rollover, one for capital assets such as land, the other for intangibles such as IP and goodwill (which we shall refer to collectively as IP).

Both types of relief are similar in their operation, but as we shall see, there are important differences. In this article we shall be concentrating on capital assets.

(This article can be downloaded in pdf format from Academia.edu.)
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Entrepreneurs’ Relief and Goodwill – what did the Autumn Statement say?

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Jan 252015
 

Updated July 2015

This article was updated just days before the Summer Budget which took place on 8 July 2015. It is now the case that a company acquiring a business will no longer be able to claim tax relief on goodwill being amortised in the accounts. This is irrespective of whether the business was acquired from a related party. 

In this article we are going to take a closer look at the new rules which seek to restrict tax relief for goodwill when a business is sold. These restrictions were announced in the recent Autumn Statement,  and have since become law, being incorporated into the first Finance Act of 2015. The new rules  are aimed at individuals or partnerships who decide to incorporate their business. What is striking is that the new rules go further than the mischief that they are intended to counteract. Continue reading »

Incorporating Goodwill – Can you claim tax relief when you become a company?

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May 052013
 

One of the key tax issues when a sole trader or partnership incorporates an existing business is the treatment of goodwill. In particular, can the new company claim tax relief for writing down the goodwill after acquiring the business?

This should be possible for those who started business recently – by which we mean, those businesses set up from 1 April 2002 onwards. But if your business is more established, then we have a problem…

UPDATE From 3 December 2014 it is no longer possible to claim tax relief for internally generated goodwill in line with the accounts when incorporating a business. This is due to the announcement in the Autumn Statement of 2014 restricting deductions for goodwill when a close company acquires a business from an individual or partnership, and the company is related to the seller(s). 

However, the following article is still relevant to the question of when a person becomes entitled to shares in a company that are to be issued to him under a contract.

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