Distributions: purchase of own shares: legal costs
The legal costs a company incurs in a purchase of own shares are generally disallowable in computing the company’s trading income. This is on the grounds that they are:
- capital expenditure in respect of the company’s share capital,
- within CTA09/S53.
The expenditure is also likely to fail the wholly and exclusively test under CTA09/S54.
For relevant case law references concerning relief for costs of share capital reorganisations and reconstructions see CTM17320.