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HMRC internal manual

Corporate Intangibles Research and Development Manual

Intangible assets within CTA09/PART8: asset conditions: introduction

Conditions to be satisfied

To come within Part 8 goodwill or another intangible asset must satisfy both the following requirements:

  • it must satisfy the asset conditions
  • it must satisfy the FA02 rule

The asset conditions are considered in detail in CIRD11030 onwards. In summary, an asset must be goodwill or an intangible fixed asset for accountancy purposes and not within statutory exceptions largely intended to preserve the existing treatment of certain assets.

The FA02 rule is explained in CIRD11500 onwards. In broad outline, the company holding an asset must either have created it on or after 1 April 2002 or else have acquired it, directly or indirectly, from an unrelated party after that date.

Royalties, whether paid or received, in respect of an intangible asset usually fall within Part 8 even though the asset fails to satisfy these requirements, see CIRD11705.

See CIRD12000 onwards for the computational rules that apply to assets within Part 8.


As in the legislation itself, references to intangible assets in the part of this manual dealing with the rules in Part 8 should be read as including goodwill except where it is clear from the context that is not the case.