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Associates don’t have to be taxing

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The small companies rate of Corporation Tax is 20% compared to main rate of 23% (2013/14). The small company rate is applied if your profits are below £300k, however, if you have associate companies, the £300k is spread between them equally.

For the purposes of CTA10/S25 (4), formerly ICTA88/S13 (4), a company is an associated company of another at a given time if at that time:

  • one of the companies has control of the other, or
  • both of the companies are under the control of the same person or persons

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/manuals/ctmanual/CTM03710.htm

But what some businesses forget is that if you have a subsidiary that has become dormant it stops being associated

an associated company which has not carried on any trade or business at any time during the accounting period is disregarded – if it is an associated company for part only of the accounting period, the rule applies to any time during that part.

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/manuals/ctmanual/ctm03580.htm

steve@bicknells.net


1 Comment

  1. JonPickles says:

    Same applies for larger groups where the threshold for payment of corporation tax in advance by quarterly installments (£1.5m) is divided by number of associated companies and so can be triggered earlier by associated companies. Moving to installments can be punishing from a cash flow perspective as in the first year you pay both last year’s and some of the current year’s tax.

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