Old rules: loan relationships: connection and bad debts: becoming connected: Para 6B
Applying Para 6B
This guidance applies to periods of account beginning before 1 January 2005
Para 6B(2) worked by disapplying para 6(3) (the provision which prevented companies from using the authorised arrangements for bad debt in para 5) where there was a loan relationship and
- the companies became connected in an accounting period beginning on or after 1 October 2002
- bad debt relief was given under para 5 in a previous accounting period when the companies were unconnected.
Para 6B(3) achieved this by assuming that the amount payable in respect of the creditor relationship, when the companies become connected, was
- not the full amount payable, but instead was
- equal to the pre-connection value.
This was the value of the debt in the accounts of the creditor company at the end of the accounting period preceding connection.
Applying para 6B: example
UJ Ltd had a 31 December accounting year. It made a loan to unconnected company BG Ltd of £10,000 on 1 January 2002, repayable in 5 years. BG Ltd got into difficulties and at 31 December 2003, UJ Ltd made a provision of £3,000 against the debt going bad. On 31 December 2004 it made a further provision of £2,000. On 1 March 2005 it bought a controlling shareholding in BG Ltd. In the year to 31 December 2005 it made a further provision of £4,000, and in the following year BG Ltd recovered and the whole of the debt was repaid.
|31/12/2003||Dr £3,000||Debit £3,000|
|31/12/2004||Dr £2,000||Debit £2,000|
|31/12/2005||Dr £4,000||Debit nil - the parties were connected so no bad debt relief.|
|Credit nil - the pre-connection value of the debt was £5,000. This was treated as the full value of the debt so no write back was required.|
|31/12/2006||Cr £9,000||Credit £5,000 - the profit on redemption, being the amount recovered over and above the pre-connection value of the debt.|