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27 Oct 2021

Autumn Budget and Spending Review 2021

The Chancellor delivered the Autumn Budget and Spending Review 2021 today.  We set out below the key announcements that apply to the corporate sector, although no new measures are of direct relevance to the oil and gas sector. Ring fence and supplementary charge to corporation tax rates Despite the rise in the main tax rate as discussed below, there was no specific announcement on any changes to the oil tax rates.  Therefore, the rates will continue to be those currently […]

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11 Aug 2021

Notification of uncertain tax treatments – draft legislation published

The Government is moving ahead with the introduction of new rules which require “large” businesses to report uncertain tax treatments. Draft legislation has been included within the recently published Finance Bill 2021-22.  In this newsletter we summarise and comment on the proposed notification rules. Background The draft legislation was published alongside the summary of responses to the previous further consultation that opened in April.  Draft HMRC guidance is expected in the “coming weeks”. In overview, the rules apply to corporation […]

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26 Jul 2021

PRT subsidy rules

The recent First-tier Tribunal case of Perenco UK Ltd v HMRC determined that payments made by the user field owners under a transportation and processing agreement (TPA), in respect of the user field’s share of the owner’s capital expenditure did not amount to a subsidy for PRT purposes under Paragraph 8(1) of Schedule 3 OTA 1975. The case concerned payments made to Perenco, as the owner of the Dimlington terminal, by a number of user fields under various TPAs in […]

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21 Jul 2021

Potential changes to taxation of profits for multinational groups 

On 1 July 2021, a statement providing a framework for reform of the international tax rules was published by the OECD/G20. The statement has been approved by 132 countries. A comprehensive agreement is to be finalised by October 2021 with changes coming into effect in 2023. The statement was short in detail (it was only 5 pages long), however, we set out below what is understood to be the current intention for how this reform (described as a two-pillar approach) […]

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12 May 2021

IAS 12 Changes in Accounting for Deferred Tax on Decommissioning Assets and Liabilities

On 7 May IASB published limited scope amendments to the application of the Initial recognition Exemption (IRE) to transactions which give rise to taxable and deductible temporary differences of the same amount. This is primarily aimed at deferred tax arising on decommissioning obligations and leases but is also relevant for other transactions. In the past, there had been some uncertainty about whether the initial recognition exemption applied to transactions such as leases and decommissioning obligations, i.e. transactions for which companies […]

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27 Apr 2021

Substantial Shareholdings Exemption case – M Group Holdings Limited

The recent First-tier Tribunal (‘FTT’) decision in M Group Holdings Limited v HMRC is a salutary reminder that there are a number of detailed conditions that need to be met in order for the substantial shareholdings exemption (‘SSE’) to apply to the disposal of shares by a corporate shareholder. SSE background The chargeable gains tax regime was changed in 2011 to allow a group to reorganise its trading operations and qualify for a tax exemption under the SSE rules. For example, […]

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09 Apr 2021

Uncertain tax treatment by large businesses – second consultation opened

HMRC published a summary of responses to the first consultation and opened a second consultation to invite further views on the potential regime ahead of a proposed implementation from April 2022; any responses should be provided by 1 June 2021. Background In March last year, HMRC published a consultation document asking for views on the introduction of a notification requirement in respect of uncertain tax treatments for large businesses (i.e. those businesses which are in scope of the Senior Accounting […]

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29 Mar 2021

Finance Bill 2021

The Finance Bill 2021 was published on 11 March 2021.  We set out below our comments on the key provisions that may affect oil and gas companies. Decommissioning Overview The Finance Bill includes amendments to clarify and expand the circumstances where expenditures on decommissioning plant and machinery may qualify for the special capital allowance relief for ring fence companies. The changes are aimed at expenditures incurred at a time where formal approval of an abandonment programme has not yet been […]

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03 Mar 2021

Budget 2021

The Chancellor delivered Budget 2021 today.  We set out below the key announcements that apply to the oil and gas sector. Ring fence and supplementary charge to corporation tax rates Despite the rise in the main tax rate as discussed below, there was no specific announcement on any changes to the oil tax rates.  Therefore, the rates will continue to be those currently enacted being 30% for ring fence corporation tax and 10% for the supplementary charge to corporation tax. […]

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06 Jan 2021

DAC6 Mandatory reporting rules replaced

The Government announced last week that the UK will now not implement the EU Mandatory reporting rules (‘DAC6’) in full.  Instead the UK rules for the implementation of DAC 6 have been amended to require reporting of only a limited subset of the DAC6 list of reportable transactions. This subset broadly equates to the requirement in the OECD model for reporting, and HMRC have announced that the newly amended rules will, in due course, be superseded by a disclosure regime […]

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