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HMRC internal manual

Capital Gains Manual

Substantial shareholdings exemption: the trading company/group/subgroup requirements - preparing to carry on a trade


The legislation specifically provides that trading activities include activities for the purposes of a trade that a company is preparing to carry on.

This encompasses the situation where a particular trade is about to be started but the company has to carry out certain activities first. It also covers cases where an existing trade, which is currently being carried on by another person, will be acquired. The trading activities here may include one or more of: developing a business plan for carrying on the trade, acquiring premises, hiring staff, ordering materials and incurring pre-trading expenditure for the purposes of the trade to be carried on.