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Business Income Manual

Deductions - scope of: starting point

You cannot normally deduct expenditure in computing the profits of a business for Income Tax purposes if, either:

  1. it falls within the scope of any of the statutory prohibitions (see BIM42060), or
  2. it is not a proper debit item to be charged under generally accepted accounting practice against the incomings of the trade in computing the profits of that trade.

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You cannot normally deduct expenditure in computing the profits of a business for Income Tax purposes if, either:
  1. it falls within the scope of any of the statutory prohibitions (see BIM42060), or
  2. it is not a proper debit item to be charged under generally accepted accounting practice against the incomings of the trade in computing the profits of that trade.

See:

  BIM37200
   
  You cannot normally deduct expenditure in computing the profits of a business for Income Tax purposes if, either:
  1. it falls within the scope of any of the statutory prohibitions (see BIM42060), or
  2. it is not a proper debit item to be charged under generally accepted accounting practice against the incomings of the trade in computing the profits of that trade.

See:

  BIM35010
  You cannot normally deduct expenditure in computing the profits of a business for Income Tax purposes if, either:
  1. it falls within the scope of any of the statutory prohibitions (see BIM42060), or
  2. it is not a proper debit item to be charged under generally accepted accounting practice against the incomings of the trade in computing the profits of that trade.

See:

  BIM37780

The exception to this rule is where there is a statutory rule which permits a deduction, and that rule takes priority over any prohibitive rule which would otherwise apply. Permissive rules take priority over the exclusion of items not deductible in accordance with GAAP in all cases. See BIM42070 for a list of permissive rules and BIM42080 for the priority rules.