12 Sep 2017

Newsbrief – Criminal Finances Act 2017

We want to draw your attention to the implementation of the rules in the Criminal Finances Act 2017 creating an offence of corporate failure to prevent the facilitation of tax evasion. The rules were set out in the Act, but were only to take effect once secondary legislation was passed. This has now been done. The Criminal Finances Act 2017 (Commencement No 1) Regulations, SI 2017/739, implements the rules from 30 September 2017. The rules introduce a new offence. The […]


19 Jul 2017

Finance Bill (no 2) 2017

Corporation Tax loss reforms Impact on ring fence losses   Readers will be aware that the Government is proposing some quite significant changes to the rules dealing with the use of carried forward losses. Draft clauses were included in the Finance Bill published earlier this year. These provisions were however pulled from the truncated Bill which has passed into law, but revised legislation to be included in the Finance Bill to be published after the summer recess, has recently been […]


28 Apr 2017

Finance Bill 2017

The Finance Bill as originally introduced has been dramatically reduced in scope in order to pass into law prior to the general election. For companies the key points are the omission of; the new loss relief rules (for brought forward losses), the interest deduction restrictions, and the amendments to the Substantial Shareholding Exemption rules. In addition, the legislation dealing with the relaxation of the PRT opt-out rules is to be omitted. The Government minister stated in the relevant Finance Bill […]


05 Apr 2017

Corporation Tax loss rules; Finance Bill 2017 proposed amendments.

Possible unwelcome changes for Upstream groups  The proposals for the changes to the loss rules were published on 20 March. The draft legislation runs to over 100 pages.  These new rules are intended to increase flexibility in the use of losses whilst introducing restrictions to prevent the relief from brought forward losses/deficits from exceeding 50% of the profits of a period. These rules will also apply to the use of ring fence losses against non-ring fence profits (subject to some […]


08 Mar 2017

2017 Spring Budget

The Chancellor delivered the last ever Spring Budget today. There were very few specific oil and gas measures in the announcements. Those having an impact on the regime are set out below. Late life assets The main new Budget announcement is that there is to be a further review of late life assets. A Treasury discussion document is to be issued on 20 March and it is anticipated that further consultation with interested parties will take place over the following […]


03 Jan 2017

Staff Changes

We are pleased to announce that Ian Hack, who joined CW Energy in 2012 after a long career with HMRC, has been made a Director of CW Energy LLP. This promotion recognises Ian’s increasingly strong contribution to the business since joining the firm.       We are also pleased to announce that Janusz Cetnarowicz, who was a director and founder member of CW Energy Tax Consultants Ltd in 1990 has been appointed a partner of CW Energy LLP with effect […]


22 Dec 2016

Season’s Greetings from CW Energy

As in previous years and as an alternative to sending out a Christmas card we are making a charitable donation to both the Multiple Sclerosis Society and the charity Dogs for Good.


23 Nov 2016

2016 Autumn Statement

The Chancellor delivered his Autumn Statement today. There were no new fiscal measures directed at the oil industry apart from an announcement that petroleum revenue tax (PRT) administration is to be simplified with immediate effect. The PRT administrative changes are: firstly, that the PRT opt out election process is to be simplified; and secondly for participators who choose not to opt out the returns process will be simplified. Non-taxable field election It has been possible to opt out of the […]


13 Sep 2016

EITI and The Reports on Payments to Governments Regulations 2014; a sense of déjà vu.

Summary Qualifying Companies are under an obligation to disclose information under The Reports on Payments to Governments Regulations (“the Regs”).  Certain selected companies have also received the EITI questionnaire templates. Whilst the EITI regime is “voluntary” the EU sponsored regime under the Regs is compulsory and requires certain companies to make a return in a prescribed form with Companies House. The first payments covered are those made in 2015 and for a company with a December year end the deadline […]


07 Sep 2016

Finance Bill finishes third reading in the House of Commons

The Finance Bill 2016 completed its third reading in the House of Commons yesterday (6th), and has now been passed on to the House of Lords. As it is a money bill, its terms cannot be amended by the House of Lords so the committee stage, report stage and third reading there are just formalities.  The first reading in the Lords also took place yesterday and the second reading and remaining stages are scheduled for 13th September, after which the […]