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HMRC internal manual

Company Taxation Manual

Residence: dual resident companies: definition - investing company

Companies engaged in ordinary trading activities are generally excluded from the scope of the legislation. This is done by specifying conditions A, B and C, any of which if met, prevent the company surrendering losses or other amounts and make it a dual resident investing company rather than by attempting to define what is meant by a ‘company engaged in ordinary trading activities’.

The conditions are:

Condition A

The company is not a trading company throughout the surrender period.

Condition B

In the surrender period the surrendering company carries on a trade of such a description that the company’s function, or one of its main functions, consists of one or more of the following activities:

  1. Acquiring or holding shares, securities or investments of any other kind (directly or indirectly);
  2. Making, under the loan relationships provisions, payments under which debits fall to be brought into account for the purposes of CTA09/PART5;
  3. Making payments which are qualifying charitable donations;
  4. Making payments similar to those in activity 3 but which are deductible in calculating the profits of the surrendering company for corporation tax purposes;
  5. Obtaining funds for the purposes of, or otherwise in connection with, activities 1 to 4.

Condition C

In the surrender period the surrendering company carries on one or more of the activities in activities 1 to 5

  • to an extent that does not appear to be justified by any trade that it carries on, or
  • for a purpose that does not appear to be appropriate to any such trade.